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(...)

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(...)

Bernadette Smyth leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court on December 17th, 2014 after she was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay £2,000 compensation for harassing the director of a Marie Stopes clinic. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner’s appeal against being convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director will be heard in May. Bernadette (...)

The late Hugh Smyth was a former Progressive Unionist Party leader and a one-time lord mayor of Belfast.

Hugh Smyth, who has died aged 75, was a former Progressive Unionist Party leader and a one-time lord mayor of Belfast. Titles aside, he was perhaps be(...)

The death of former leader of the Progressive Unionist Party Hugh Smyth has prompted cross-party expressions of condolences. Mr Smyth (73), a f(...)

Show-stopper: Maria Connolly. Photograph: Elaine Hill

****This trilogy of new writing is all about women whose stories have been dramatised from real-life experiences. Green Shoot Productions has pulled t(...)

Dawn Purvis, programme director with Marie Stopes Northern Ireland: “I am humbled by the appreciation expressed by the hundreds of men and women who use our services.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Marie Stopes Northern Ireland is marking the first anniversary today of the opening of its Belfast clinic, claiming “hundreds” of men and women have a(...)

Prof Paul Connolly of Queen’s University Belfast, who chaired the advisory panel, said shared education was the “core mechanism” for improving the quality of education. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

There should be a legal obligation on schools in Northern Ireland to promote equality and good relations among pupils, according to an advisory(...)