Mick Wallace. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s finance committee will hold a meeting to consider allegations £7 million was lying in an account reportedly destined f(...)

Crowds gather for Belfast’s Tall Ships festival. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Taking a boat ride around Belfast harbour in advance of the Tall Ships weekend, one couldn’t help but marvel at the transformation between now and 24 (...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has told Sinn Féin that if it hasn’t got the “guts to govern” it should stand aside from the Northern Executive. Photograph: PA.

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has told Sinn Féin that if it hasn’t got the “guts to govern” it should stand aside from the Northern Executive.(...)

Part of a  processing plant at Carrickedmund near the Louth /Armagh border where customs officers uncovered a diesal laundering operation. Photograph: Tom Conachy

A new marker could be a “game changer” in the battle against multi-million pound fuel laundering crime on the island of Ireland, the North’s Minister (...)

John Finucane, son of Pat Finucane speaking with media outside Belfast’s High Court. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Finucane family has pledged to continue campaigning for a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, despite failing in a judicial review (...)

Victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are to sue An Garda Siochána over its failure to take action when they were allegedly notified in the 1970s that Smyth was a child sex abuser. Photograph: Alan Betson

Victims of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are to sue An Garda Síochána for damages over its failure to take action when they were allegedly notified (...)

Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

The inquiry is looking at  how the Catholic Church and Norbertine Order failed the children abused by Brendan Smyth.

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote an angry letter from prison to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had (...)

File photograph of former abbot of the Norbertine Order and Brendan Smyth’s superior, Kevin Smith, who told police he did not realise at the time that paedophilia was a crime.

The former abbot of the Kilnacrott Norbertine Abbey in Co Cavan, Kevin Smith, has been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of when Fr Brend(...)

Brendan Smyth: told doctor after his arrest he may have abused 50-100 children, and that ‘number could even be double or perhaps even more’. Photograph: Pacemaker

Even before he was ordained in 1951 there were serious concerns about Fr Brendan Smyth’s sexual proclivities, the North’s Historical Institutional (...)