Were it clear that Aine Adams had in 1987 alleged rape rather than the less specific term of sexual abuse, then under law Gerry Adams would have been obliged to report that information to the police. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A significant element of the review by the North’s Attorney General John Larkin QC into the decision not to prosecute Gerry Adams for allegedly withho(...)

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard novel psychoactive substances were distributed at a shop on Gresham Street between October 2013 and July 2014 in a substantial commercial operation taking in £50,000 a month. File photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Two men and a woman were given community service orders on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case over the sale of £400,000 worth of so-called legal highs i(...)

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fresh inquests into their deaths, a High Court judge has ruled. Photograph: Getty Images.

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men in 1987 can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fre(...)

Desmond Rea: John Larkin “has faced up to the issue and I commend him fully for that”

The North’s attorney general has received qualified support for his call for an end to prosecutions arising from the Troubles. John Larkin QC was roun(...)

Women walk past a Loyalist mural on the   Newtonards Road in East Belfast. John Larkin has suggested that there should be an end to prosecutions into killings related to the Troubles. Photograph: Reuters

Four years ago, Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr wrote to First Minister Peter Robinson telling him that he would be “mad” to proceed with(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: referred to the possibility that incontrovertible DNA evidence of the involvement of a person or persons in a killing on either side could surface. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it would be difficult for families on either side of “a dark time in Northern Ireland” to follow the advice of the North(...)

Northern Ireland attorney general John Larkin who said today he favoured ruling out further state investigations into crimes committed during the 30-year conflict. Photograph:  PA

Northern Ireland’s attorney general has been left isolated after political leaders in London, Belfast and Dublin distanced themselves from his controv(...)

The complete prohibition, put in place during the 1980s Aids threat, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.

The ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland is irrational, A High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Treacy also held that health minister Ed(...)