Bernadette Smyth leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court after she was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay £2,000 compensation after being convicted of harassing Dawn Purvis last year. She has been successful in an appeal against that conviction. File photgraph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner on Monday won her appeal against being convicted of harassing a former Marie Stopes clinic director. The case(...)

Part of a  processing plant at Carrickedmund near the Louth /Armagh border where customs officers uncovered a diesal laundering operation. Photograph: Tom Conachy

A new marker could be a “game changer” in the battle against multi-million pound fuel laundering crime on the island of Ireland, the North’s Minister (...)

Nobody who has passed through Northern Ireland in July should get too hoity-toity about the controversy concerning the Confederate flag. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The recent killings in Charleston once again invite us to ponder how western Europe differs from the United States. Nobody who has passed through Nort(...)

Over the past three years nearly 1,300 cases of paramilitaries forcing people from their homes have been reported by Northern Ireland’s Housing Execut(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the Government will closely study today’s judgment by the High Court in Belfast on the case of (...)

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank: “Every single country we look at, we ask ourselves the question: is this particular choice of investments that we are making - is it going to reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty or is it going to make inequality worse?.” Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

“The Koreans have a saying that you bury your spouse in the ground but you bury your children in your heart,” said Dr Jim Yong Kim. The Korean-born h(...)

Virgin said initial response to the Belfast-Orlando summer route had been very positive. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Virgin Atlantic has launched its first summer service between Belfast and Orlando and said strong demand for the service, which will carry 1,800 pass(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady, who retired last year, arrives at Banbridge Court on Thursday to give evidence in The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Clerics involved in investigating child sex abuse were bound to secrecy so the Catholic church’s “good name” could be protected, Cardinal Sean Brady h(...)

Lord Alderdice, of the International Monitoring Commission, has raised concerns over the level of continued paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Nearly 1,300 incidents of paramilitaries forcing people from their homes have been reported in Northern Ireland in the past three years. The number of(...)

Gardaí knew about the activities of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth (right) in the early 1970s, Northern Ireland’s Historical Abuse Inquiry has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Gardaí knew about the activities of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth in the early 1970s, Northern Ireland’s Historical Abuse Inquiry has heard. Confide(...)