Iris Robinson and husband First Minister Peter Robinson in 2008. Photograph: AP Photo/ Peter Morrison, file

Irisgate: it was the affair that gripped everyone and almost brought down the Northern Executive and Assembly; the long-running story that came close (...)

Gerry Adams: issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots(...)

“The point is to actually break these bastards – that’s the point,” said Gerry Adams on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Newton’s third law is that for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction. In Northern Ireland that translates as, for every tribal ins(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton wants less politicians and civil servants operating at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has proposed a “national reform plan for Northern Ireland” that would see a reduction in both the number of(...)

Protests had been staged at the Belcoo site amid fears the controversial fracking technique would be used if large reserves of gas were found.

Two Stormont departments could be facing a billion pound lawsuit over thwarted plans to drill for shale gas in Co Fermanagh, it emerged today.Lawyers (...)

For Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, it is a busy time of commemoration.On a visit to Louisiana, the Minister honoured(...)

NI enterprise minister Arlene Foster pictured with Matthew Martin of Lakeland Trading Solutions. Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

An Enniskillen born entrepreneur is to establish a new contact centre in Fermanagh that will create 49 jobs.Matthew Martin, who is originally from Fer(...)

Artist’s impression of the project. The City Quays 2 development is part of a larger £250 million scheme that includes a mix of commercial offices, residential space, shops and a proposed 200 bedroom hotel.

Belfast Harbour has secured planning permission for a new £20 million waterfront office development close to the city centre which could create 600 jo(...)

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster with Jane Townsend of Allen & Overy and Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton, yesterday. Photograph: William Cherry/Press Eye

Francess McDonnell in BelfastGlobal leading law firm Allen and Overy is to create 100 new jobs in Belfast as part of its second major investment in th(...)

DUP energy minister Arlene Foster. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Exploration company Tamboran Resources is to legally challenge decisions made by Northern Executive ministers which effectively bars it from drilling (...)