Northern Ireland Finance Minister Arelene Foster on Wednesday outlined details of a new funding boost for key public services in the North as a result of the latest Stormont deal including £47.6 million for health and £15 million for education. Photgraph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Finance Minister on Wednesday outlined details of a new funding boost for key public services in the North as a result of the lat(...)

Terry Leathem, principal of Glenwood Primary School on the Shankill Road.

Terry Leathem (58) is principal of Glenwood Primary School in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast, a school where 70 per cent of its 530 pupils are (...)

Shipyard workers in 1999. Protestant school-leavers still think more in terms of jobs than higher education, though many of the jobs have gone. Photograph: Stephen Davison

A report from the North’s Equality Commission has found that educational inequality remains a serious problem in Northern Ireland, with Protestant wor(...)

Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University have indicated a reduction in students places as a result of Stormont budget cuts. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland A-level students have again outperformed their counterparts in England and Wales and there has been an increase in the number of fema(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  and Minister for Education John O’Dowd. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Sinn Féin Minister in Northern Ireland has raised concerns about the relationship between the British security service MI5 and dissident republica(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said “the cuts will affect the quality of the education and outcomes they achieve for generations to come”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Northern Ireland Minister for Education minister John O’Dowd faced down protesters at the Irish Natinal Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) conference on Tu(...)

Paudie McGahon (40) from Co Louth pictured during the BBC Spotlight programme to be broadcast tonight. Photograph: BBC screengrab

A second alleged IRA sex abuse victim has now come forward to claim he was raped by a senior Belfast member of the paramilitary organisation.Paudie Mc(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said substantial progress must be made in the talks this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at ensuring the stability of the Northern Executive and Assembly remain primarily stuck on the issue of a financial package from British p(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)