Van Morrison: one of the 85 recipients from  Northern Ireland  who will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

East Belfast-born Van Morrison is to be knighted for services to the music industry. The singer-songwriter was named in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday hon(...)

England fans sing their national anthem before the friendly match with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

It’s not often we have England for Sunday lunch, but happily the visitors to the Afifa were impeccably behaved this time, apart from those moments whe(...)

Police in Northern Ireland have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man nine years after he was severely brain damaged in a vicious unprovoked sectarian attack.

Police in Northern Ireland have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man nine years after he was severely brain damaged in a “vici(...)

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has become fully operational in Northern Ireland. Officers working for the organisation dubbed the British FBI will be(...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said a  bomb planted  in Belfast was designed to kill officers but could have murdered anyone in the vicinity. Photograph: Getty

A large bomb left in north Belfast on Friday could have inflicted carnage, senior police have said.The device was placed in the busy Ardoyne area, pro(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

PSNI Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, head of the Terrorism Investigation Unit, a specialist police anti-terror unit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New legislation is needed to give police greater powers to investigate potential terrorist activity online, the head of Northern Ireland’s specialist (...)

Interim Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, who has made the final shortlist of three, is due to be interviewed on Monday for the post. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The identity of the new Garda commissioner will be known in the next 10 days, with the final interviews for the post being held this week.Interim Gar(...)

 Referee Milorad Mazic speaks to Roy Keane, assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifier  at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

We knew the day had to come, but still, it didn’t stop us dreading it. Finally, management decided, for this encounter at least, and with the natur(...)

Maíria Cahill: alleged that in 1997 she underwent a 12-month cycle of sexual abuse, including rape, by a suspected member of the IRA.

The grandniece of IRA figure Joe Cahill, who alleged she was raped by an IRA member, has claimed she had to face her alleged assailant in a republi(...)