Gerry Adams: issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots(...)

 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(...)

East Derry MP Gregory Campbell said Sinn Féin’s “dream of a 2016 united Ireland is now nothing short of an embarrassment”. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

The East Derry MP Gregory Campbell who recently lampooned the Irish language in the Northern Assembly with his “curry my yogurt, a can coca coalyer” c(...)

Peter Robinson has urged DUP activists to fight for every vote in the election. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed the hope that Northern Ireland soon will be able to set its own corporation tax rate, while al(...)

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 (...)

Minister for Health Jim Wells: level of  abuse that occurred in the North is not like that in Rotherham and Rochdale in England.

Northern Ireland has a problem of child sexual exploitation, a new inquiry has found, but it’s not in the realm of the abuse of young people that took(...)

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(...)

Kieran Megraw (left) and Seán Megraw carry the coffin of their brother Brendan at his funeral in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At yesterday’s funeral Mass for “Disappeared” man Brendan Megraw, his brother Kieran told of the family’s sense of joy and relief when the cortege br(...)

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly, speaking at the opening of the party’s 42nd annual conference in Belfast, said party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell (above) was correct in “unambiguously” rejecting Sinn Féin’s call for an electoral pact.  File photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has characterised Sinn Féin as “sleeveens” after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this week called for a joint(...)

Josephine Feehily: her first task will be to assist in the selection of the next Garda commissioner, a post currently filled on a interim basis by Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has appointed the outgoing chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, as the new chairwoman of the Policing Authority. (...)