The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s call for immediate action on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest and lethal foetal abnormality was raised in Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has called for “immediate action” on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (pictured) and British prime minister David Cameron will begin two days of talks in Belfast on Thursday aimed at breaking the long running deadlock between the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Collins

The Government in Dublin is cautiously optimistic that the Northern parties can agree a political deal before Christmas.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Briti(...)

Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald:  It is important to know “who was moved where” and if “children were put at risk”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the “scale and scope” of a potential cross-Border inquiry into claims of sexual abuse by members of t(...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members.The allegations, arising from a BB(...)

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(...)

Mairia Cahill: alleges that she was raped by an IRA member in 1997 and forced to attend a republican-style court along with her alleged abuser.

The Government is considering a cross-Border inquiry into claims of sexual abuse by IRA members in the aftermath of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill’s alle(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice  David Ford  said after a BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme on political expenses: “I believe we need a full and independent investigation into these claims, carried out in a way that prevents any political party from interfering or preventing the facts from coming out.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice has called for an independent investigation into how Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and other Assembl(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Maíria Cahill at Leinster House, Dublin, last month. Photograph: Gareth Chane/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met the North’s Minister of Justice, David Ford, yesterday to press his case for a cross-Border inquiry into “child(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)