Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International has said. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday when publi(...)

File photo of SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: A hospital consultant has said that Mr McDonnell’s recent comments about the inability to detect foetal abnormalities undermine the professional integrity of doctors. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A senior Belfast hospital consultant who specialises in foetal medicine has accused SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell of undermining her profession after(...)

Minister for Justice David Ford argues  the establishment of a new unit for investigating historic killings as part of the Stormont House agreement will help get the timescale back on track. File Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Stormont House political deal could be a “game-changer” in reducing delays over investigating murders from Northern Ireland’s troubled past, the H(...)

Anti-abortion campaigner Bernadette Smyth was among many in the the courtroom for the hearing. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has won High Court permission to challenge abortion law in Northern Ireland. A judge in Belfast has grant(...)

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has accused Stormont’s Minister for Justice of trying to exclude anti-abortion arguments from a consultati(...)

Peter Robinson: “We are open to look at further powers but we are not obsessed by this issue of stacking up more powers.” Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, has rejected suggestions that political leaders are obsessed with stacking up more powers.Mr Robins(...)

 Michaella McCollum  (L) has had her bid to be moved to a Northern Ireland  prison approved by Stormont. McCollum was convicted  of smuggling cocaine in Peru in 2013.  Photograph: Reuters

The repatriation of convicted drugs smuggler Michaella McCollum to Northern Ireland from Peru has been approved by Stormont’s justice minister.The ne(...)

A legal challenge to the abortion law in Northern Ireland will be heard next month, it has been confirmed .  File photograph of pregnancy test: Thinkstockphoto

A legal challenge to the abortion law in Northern Ireland will be heard next month, it has been confirmed . The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, saying the desire had prevailed to give “the promise of a brighter future for all o(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanag(...)