Former DUP minister for social development Nelson McCausland has described a decision by Newry, Mourne and Down district council to put Irish first on its logo and literature as an exercise in “cultural sectarianism”. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Former DUP minister Nelson McCausland has described a decision by one of the North’s new super councils to put Irish first on its logo as an exercise (...)

“The nature of the work is very physical”, roof thatcher, Kyran O’Grady, Knockrobin, Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill 3:03

Kyran O’Grady works in a craft that dates back nearly 5,000 years, one of the oldest forms of roofing in the world and once a familiar feature of t(...)

 Allstate Northern Ireland, part of the Allstate Corporation, is  the largest publicly traded home, personal and vehicle insurer in the US and the largest IT company in the North, with operations in Belfast, Derry and Strabane.  Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A Tyrone accent is not without its charms but, on occasion, completely unfiltered and in its purest form, it may not be the easiest for unaccustomed e(...)

Andrew Balbirnie:  his unbeaten 103 helped Leinster claim the reverse fixture at Milverton at the beginning of May. Inpho/Presseye/Rowland White

After defending their three-day title with a weather-affected draw against the Northern Knights during the week, Leinster Lightning will set their si(...)

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP are on course to maintain their respective positions as lead parties of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. How(...)

Counting has begun in Northern Ireland after yesterday’s local and European elections. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Turnout in the Northern Ireland council elections held yesterday could be below 50 per cent, according to early returns.Counting is underway in 11 new(...)

Investigations: a forensics team at Ballycolman Road beside the third green at Strabane Golf Club, where an explosive device was discovered on Monday. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Last Monday morning a golfer discovered an unusual-looking object on the third green of Strabane Golf Club, in Co Tyrone. It turned out to be a(...)

A file image showing the inside of a pipe bomb. Photograph: British Army/Reuters

A pipe bomb was discovered yesterday on a golf course in Northern Ireland. The device, found near the Border in Strabane, Co Tyrone, w(...)

Margaret Loughrey who is reported as saying  she will continue to live in Strabane. Photograph: PA

The 48-year-old unemployed Strabane woman who scooped some €32 million in last week’s Euro Millions lottery has given a short interview to her local n(...)

There is no better illustration of what is really going on in the local economy than the  price of an Ulster fry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In theory, life or at least the economy is beginning to look a little bit better in Northern Ireland than it has been for a while. There are more peop(...)