Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: “I am delighted the broadcasters have gone away and thought again . . . although I don’t quite see why Northern Ireland seems to be missing out.” Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron has said that he cannot see why Northern Ireland’s political parties should be excluded from proposed television(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam. Photograph: PA

No young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin ha(...)

Andy Murray: took grilling over his forthcoming wedding in good spirits.  Photograph:  Issei Kato/Reuters

Gary Lineker looked a bit glum yesterday. On a weekend overflowing with FA Cup thrills and spills, the BBC ended up with Bristol City 0, West Ham 1, a(...)

Heathrow is likely to loom large in any talks between IAG and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and his cabinet colleagues, who will decide the fate of the Government’s 25.1 per cent stake. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Aer Lingus board reportedly spent six hours considering the latest offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), which is said to(...)

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Micheál Martin’s spidery writing is all over the printout of an email sent to him by his cousin outlining his family connections. Like many extended I(...)

Martin McGuinness: “I have absolutely no doubt that Scotland is now on that inevitable trajectory to freedom. The challenge to us is to put our own struggle onto the same trajectory”

The next three elections – two in the North, one in the Republic – offer the best opportunity to a make a united Ireland inevitable, Deputy First M(...)

Scotland and its fractious politics returned to centre stage at Westminster last week, a combination of unfinished referendum business and pre-general(...)

PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, head of the Terrorism Investigation Unit, a specialist police anti-terror unit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New legislation is needed to give police greater powers to investigate potential terrorist activity online, the head of Northern Ireland’s specialist (...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said Northern Irish MPs are “of equal status to MPs elected in any other part of the United Kingdom... After this election, there is a real possibility that Northern Ireland MPs could have a crucial role in the formation of the next United Kingdom government.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plans by four UK broadcasters to exclude the Democratic Unionist Party from TV general election debates are “inexplicable” since there is “a real poss(...)