A High Court previously ruled that it was “irrational” for  former Nothern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots to maintain the ban on blood donations from gay men. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots was entitled to go against the rest of the UK in maintaining the ban on gay men giving blood in No(...)

Motor tax for commercial vehicles is set to drop by up to €4,295 with the introduction of a new 5-band tax regime

Motor tax on commercial vehicles is to be overhauled, with tax the largest vehicles dropping by nearly €4,300 a year. In his budget speech Minister f(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers appointed a three-person panel last month to review the PSNI assessment of the current status of paramilitary groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A report into the status of the IRA and other paramilitary groups expected to be published on Thursday could be critical in determining whether the c(...)

Arlene Foster: The Department of Finance and Personnel  has no records to suggest that departmental officials had ‘sight’ of correspondence, according to the acting First Minister. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There are no official records of “the content of any discussions” between former Northern Ireland finance minister Sammy Wilson and Brown Rudnick, (...)

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis celebrates after his side’s one-all draw with Finland last night propelled them to the top of their European Championship group. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The job was already done but Northern Ireland ended a magnificent qualifying campaign with one final feat by winning their group courtesy of a point (...)

Dissident republicans are thought to be responsible for the disruptive security alerts which come after the PSNI announced it would be recruiting 100 new officers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A bomb has been made safe at a Derry hotel which is due to host a PSNI recruitment event next week. The viable improvised explosive device (IED) was (...)

Northern Ireland players celebrate clinching qualification for Euro 2016 qualifier at Windsor Park on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

What a night for Irish football. Or, if you prefer, what a night for Irish soccer. And all that lies therein. On Thursday men from the 32 counties of(...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher with  ministers Peter Barry, Dick Spring,  Geoffrey Howe, and Tom King at the the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in November 1985. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The scene: Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland. The time: the morning of Friday, November 15th, 1985. The atmosphere: “nervous cheerfulness.” Noises(...)

Northern Ireland’s Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward celebrate at the end of Northern Ireland’s victory over Greece. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Like many matters in Northern Ireland, football allegiance is still quite firmly divided into two camps. After last night’s results – the Republic of (...)