Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” visit.Above,Peter Robinson  with Bishop Noel Treanor in the Great Hall at Stormont, Belfast..  Photo: Jonathan Porter

First Minister Peter Robinson addressed a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday in what the Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey described as a “historic” (...)

The threat from dissident republicans remains severe in Northern Ireland but moderate in Britain, the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has informed Westminster. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

The threat from dissident republicans remains severe in Northern Ireland but moderate in Britain, the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has informed(...)

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(...)

The injured man was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for specialised face and eye treatment.

Sinn Féin has accused dissident republicans in south Armagh of “attempted murder” after the son of a party activist was injured on Wednesday in an app(...)

A body has been found by police investigating the disappearance of a woman in Co Antrim.

A body has been found by police investigating the disappearance of a woman in Co Antrim. Pauline Carmichael (61) was last seen near her home at Hillsi(...)

A diesel laundry discovered near Inniskeen last November. It has the capacity to launder 20 million litres a year. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

It’s hard to get your head around how big the problem of fuel laundering and tobacco smuggling in Ireland is – much of it concentrated along the Borde(...)

File photograph of former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon with David Trimble, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Stormont. A dinner in honour of Mr Mallon was attended by hundreds in Armagh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has been hailed as a “great Irishman” and a “genuinely historic figure” who had shown “disdain for(...)

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(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for a fresh comprehensive process to try to resolve the annual Twelfth of July frequently violent parad(...)

 Bernard McGinley was buried in Athlone on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

PSNI detectives investigating the murder of Bernard McGinley (63) at a wedding in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, last week have been granted additional (...)