Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: at the weekend he tweeted, “Pleased today’s Orange O parades passed peacefully. Parades Commission determination & those who mainly abided by it delivered.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About an hour after the north Belfast Orangemen dispersed and went home in the rain on Saturday night, local SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness issu(...)

The number of jobs has increased by 39 per cent in the indigenous sector in the past three years.

A skills shortages and lack of competitiveness threaten to undermine a fast-growing sector that could be pivotal in Ireland’s economic recovery, warn(...)

A suspicious package found at a sorting office in Northern Ireland was a viable letter bomb, police said. A spokeswoman for the Police Service (...)

Curtis Walker throws his band baton beside a loyalist pyre on Lanark Way in Belfast as final preparations are made for the 11th night bonfire. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unlike last year, and unlike a number of years before that again, there is some hope that Northern Ireland might emerge from this Twelfth of July r(...)

Preparing for the Twelfth. The bonfire is ready to be lit and the middle class has left town. Photograph: Reuters

Here’s a question. Is the festival of stomping, shouting and sunburn currently being endured in parts of Ulster the only such patriotic celebration th(...)

My second novel, Without You, is set in 1984, in Suffolk. Its anti-hero, Billy, is a young man running from a terrible mistake. He’s holding a 17-year(...)

The Orange Order had decided that its return feeder parade that is barred from passing by the Ardoyne shops will not seek to engage in a standoff with police in north Belfast tomorrow evening. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Orange Order had decided that its return feeder parade that is barred from passing by the Ardoyne shops will not seek to engage in a standoff with(...)

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at  Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has suppor(...)

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill (pictured) to help gardaí recover stolen paintings, are entitled to proceed with their action for damages against the Garda Commissioner and State, the High Court has ruled.

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill t(...)

A member of the Orange Order wearing a sash and draped in the union flag marches in Belfast. Figures suggest  the order is a weak and declining organisation. Photograph: Reuters

On Monday night, a grandiose Orange Order delegation – Grand Master Edward Stevenson, Deputy Grand Master Rev Alistair Smith and Grand Secretary Drew (...)