Fabien Peyaud’s  Herdwatch won  the AIB Start-up Academy 2015: the app gives farmers a way to keep tabs on the status of each cow. Photograph: Conor Mulhern

Under the glare of theatre lights on a stage, 11 start-ups set out their businesses at the finale of the 2015 AIB Start-up Academy. They were undertak(...)

Sinn Féin Westminster MP for Newry and Armagh, Mickey Brady. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady leaped over the finishing line in Newry/Armagh 4,000 votes ahead of his nearest rival. Mr Brady secured 20,488 votes to secur(...)

A general view of  Macroom in Co Cork. Former solicitor Mark Cronin is to go on trial for  nine counts of fraud involving more than €270,000 and one count of arson at a building, housing a pub and a solicitor’s office, in Macroom. Image: Google Maps.

A former solicitor has been returned for trial on nine counts of fraud involving more than €270,000 and one count of arson at a building, housing a pu(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady: Says this is a “two horse race” between him and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The two main nationalist contenders in Newry and Armagh have interesting back stories. The SDLP’s Justin McNulty is a former Armagh All-Ireland medall(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha look at weapons during their visit to the ‘Game of Thrones’ television set in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool

British prime minister David Cameron’s flying visit to Northern Ireland on Tuesday helped to crank up public interest in the Westminster general elect(...)

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson (right) and deputy leader Nigel Dodds pose for a photograph at the party’s policy conference in the village of Templepatrick, Co Antrim. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson has said his party would work with the Conservatives or Labour in the event of a hung parliament follo(...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: described his target for the British general election as being “returning East Belfast to DUP hands”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The two main unionist parties in Northern Ireland have joined forces to form what is being described as an “historic unionist pact” ahead of the Westm(...)

The Stormont House Agreement entailed the British government committing grants and loan-raising powers of £2 billion to allow the Northern Executive to cushion the effects of welfare reform, start a major public sector redundancy scheme, deal with the past, support shared and integrated education, and more besides. File photograph: Paul Faith

A point must come where Northern Ireland politicians and the Northern Ireland public feel the game isn’t worth the candle, that there is no point play(...)

Gerry Adams and  Martin McGuinness after the latter’s address at the  ardfheis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin McGuinness was in good form on Saturday morning. How much better could it get? Sinn Féin’s conference was in his native city of Derry, it wasn’(...)