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(...)

The North South Ministerial Council meeting was postponed so talks at Stormont could continue. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting planned for Armagh on Friday was postponed so that talks aimed at safeguarding the future of the No(...)

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, said the inquiry would complete its work by July next year and submit its report in January 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is to investigate a further six institutions, bringing the total number to 22, the inquiry chairman(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin last May. In the Republic, 67% of respondents were  comfortable with a close member of their family marrying someone of the same sex.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A clear majority of people on both sides of the Border accept the principle of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey. The survey for BBC Nort(...)

Ankle tagging: it is used to  to ensure that people stay where where the court has directed they remain at night; however the tags are not used to track their movements by GPS. Photograph: Chris Eades/Rex Features

Twelve hundred people a year are tagged in Northern Ireland under rules introduced six years ago, with all bar 130 of them carrying the tags while (...)