From left: Aislynn Bagnall, Eileen Muckian, Antone Bagnal, Michael Heary and Catherine Donnelly, who are all students at St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, receive their A-level results. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland’s school-leavers have again outperformed their counterparts in Britain when it comes to achieving top grades in their A-levels. Howe(...)

Trinity College Dublin is revising its admissions policy to make it easier for Northern Ireland students to gain entry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Trinity College Dublin is revising its admissions policy to make it easier for Northern Ireland students to gain entry.Under the initiative, which see(...)

Educating together

Confirmation that the Stormont Executive is to fund “shared education” between Catholics, Protestants and those of other or no faiths is welcome. But (...)

US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron during a visit to Enniskillen Integrated Primary School when both leaders were attending the G8 summit in the North last year.

Northern Ireland’s political leaders are to announce initiatives this month aimed at promoting “shared education” between Catholic and Protestant pupi(...)

Valuable insights often flow from experts from outside Ireland turning their attention to social, political or cultural life here and interpret(...)

Mary Lou McDonald claimed at the Sinn Féin ardfheis today that the party’s detractors are trying to push the line at in the absence of violence ‘all was well in the North’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two moments have stood out the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Wexford today, both on the same theme. Its most bellicose speeches defending the conflict were de(...)

The challenge made to the central findings of the Smithwick Tribunal by former gardaí John O’Brien, Michael Finnegan and Michael Staunton in this news(...)

Social media savvy: The Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Whether they are tweeters, blawgers or both, the Irish legal world seems to have taken to online life like barristers to a tribunal.There are a myriad(...)

 Emma Wallace, Jonathan McKeag , Sarah Robinson and Peter Mulligan at Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast with their A-level results. Photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The number of top grades awarded to A-level students in Northern Ireland has fallen slightly, but the overall number of passes has risen. Some 33,000 (...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast “hit the nail on the head”, said Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Sammy Wilson. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said the Obama visit to Belfast and his Waterfront Hall speech made it “a great day for Northern Ireland, with one(...)