Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy arrives at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The SDLP, DUP and Ulster Unionist Party have welcomed the 18-month sentence given to Thomas “Slab” Murphy for tax evasion. The DUP leader and First(...)

 Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving for his sentencing hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

As a young police officer, former Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan once engaged in a bizarre game of cross-(...)

PSNI have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot in the leg in west Belfast late on Tuesday night.

PSNI have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot in the leg in west Belfast late on Tuesday night. Police responded (...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said ‘full disclosure’ would be provided to the HIU so that it could fully investigate killings. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has stated that the British government and its agencies would provide “full disclosure” to a proposed new (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster  walks past a painting of Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Arlene Foster’s career has moved in quite an upward trajectory considering that, shortly after the 1998 Belfast Agreement, she herself considered that(...)

 New First Minister Arlene Foster: “Easter 1916 was a very violent attack on the state.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is to be elected First Minister today, has been accused of “narrowness” over her refusal to attend any of the Easter(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. She is facing the threat of legal action if she does not order a full investigation into the killing of Seamus Ludlow almost 40 years ago

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is facing the threat of legal action if she does not order a full investigation into the killing of Co Louth m(...)

Minister for Justice David Ford said the survey showed a “hardening of attitudes among residents living in the shadow of peace walls towards their eventual removal”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More people living near Northern Ireland’s so-called peace walls want them to stay than did three years ago, a new study has found. In 2012, some 22(...)

Mr Justice Mark Horner largely upheld a case put by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission seeking to liberalise abortion law in relation to fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. Photograph: Getty Image

Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have declared themselves “profoundly shocked and disturbed” by words used by a Belfast High Court judge in (...)

Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red. After a week of intense negotiations, British and Irish Ministers and senior Northern politicians were unable to sign off on a deal. Photograph: PA

Attempts to strike a deal that would stabilise the Northern Executive and Assembly are to enter their 10th week after the British and Irish government(...)