In the week Paris marked the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre Belfast also saw a small, welcome, not entirely unrelated, blow struck for free(...)

Pastor James McConnell leaving  the magistrates court in Belfast on January 5, 2016 after being found not guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam. The judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The bizarre trial of elderly Belfast pastor James McConnell has ended with the right verdict: not guilty. His attack on Islam – made from the platform(...)

Evangelical preacher Pastor James McConnell leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court after being found not guilty of making grossly offensive remarks about Islam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An evangelical Protestant pastor who said Islam was “Satanic” and “spawned in hell” has been acquitted of making “grossly offensive” remarks about the(...)

Corporal Keelagh and Mr Darcy patrol the grounds of Trinity College in Dublin to mark the Emergency and Security Services Day. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Corporal Keelagh is arguably the most popular officer in the Defence Forces. She is placid, one of a rare breed; although it must be said her bite wou(...)

Protesters, including DUP MP Sammy Wilson (second from left), turned up in support of Pastor James McConnell in Belfast.

Christian preacher Pastor James McConnell has said he wants to be “exonerated, liberated and set free” after he pleaded not guilty at a Belfast court (...)

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(...)