A photograph of First Minister Peter Robinson with members of the Muslim community during his visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, south Belfast earlier this week,  where he made a public apology for any offence caused to Muslims by his defence of  controversial pastor James McConnell. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire.

Pastor James McConnell has publicly apologised for his depiction of Islam as “satanic”, “heathen” and “a doctrine spawned in hell”. He also said forme(...)

Racist attacks such as those against Muslims, above, were an “affront” to democratic and civilised values, the incoming Presbyterian Moderator has said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Racist attacks were an “affront” to democratic and civilised values, the incoming Presbyterian Moderator has said. Dr Michael Barry, speaking at the o(...)

When Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote back in the 1500s that “We suppose that Antichrist, the head of all these evil men, is the pope of Rome” he could(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson said he planned to   meet local Muslim leaders to ‘demonstrate my ongoing support for them as integral law-abiding citizens in Northern Ireland’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has moved to try to dampen an escalating controversy caused by his decision to defend a Belfast Prote(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore with Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers in Iveagh House, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore left open the notion of a move to Brussels as Ireland’s next EU commissioner after his departure as Labour leader but said the(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (right) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has been criticised for defending a Belfast Protestant evangelical pastor who said he did not trust Mus(...)

Krapp’s Last Tape Gate Theatre, Dublin **** (Four stars) When the light comes up, slower than a winter’s sunrise, on a solitary figure hun(...)