Edwin Poots:  the former health minister has launched an appeal against the irrationality finding against him. Photograph: Kevin Boyes

Former Stormont health minister Edwin Poots’ ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was infected by apparent bias, a High Court judge ruled (...)

Former Minister for Health Edwin Poots’s ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was influenced by his religious beliefs, the North’s High Court heard today.  File photograph.

Former Minister for Health Edwin Poots’s ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was influenced by his religious beliefs, the North’s High Cou(...)

Jim Wells said the report showed minimum pricing reduced consumption and alcohol-related harm by ensuring alcohol cannot be bought at prices that do not reflect its strength. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to try to combat alcohol abuse, the North’s Minister of Health, Jim Wells, has s(...)

 Peter Robinson: rallied party  for the Westminster electoral battle ahead at his party’s annual conference. Photograph: Eric Luke

; that unless the DUP and Sinn Féin do business together no business will be done. It is as simple as that.There is still a bitter rump in the party t(...)

Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)

Former Scottish commissioner for children and young people Professor Kathleen Marshall holds her report on child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland in her office in Belfast. Photograph: PA

Up to 145 children in Northern Ireland are currently at risk of child sexual exploitation while the actual figure may be “significantly higher”, a new(...)

When the scheme is fully implemented, children’s heart surgery for the whole of the island will take place at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ministers for Health in the North and South have endorsed proposals to establish an all-Ireland children’s heart surgery centre in Dublin.The current (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, party sources say, have been trying to undermine his leadership of the DUP.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, DUP sources say, have been trying to undermine his leade(...)

Edwin Poots, who was dropped as minister for health yesterday in a surprise DUP ministerial reshuffle, today triggered a shockwave when he said it was “public knowledge” that Mr Robinson would stand down.  Photograph: Health Protection Agency/PA Wire.

Dropped DUP minister Edwin Poots has triggered something of a shockwave in Northern Ireland by stating that it’s “public knowledge” that Peter Robinso(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)