Deliberately provocative? A Catholic church that has been transformed into a mosque for the Venice Biennale by artist Christoph Buchel. Photograph: Casey Kelbaugh/The New York Times

Pickled sheep; blocks of turf; sculptures made from human blood: art can be many things. At this year’s Venice Biennale, Swiss artist Christoph(...)

Mind our Workers: a new campaign by the Construction Industry Federation and Pieta House aims to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues in the sector.

Men working in construction and production jobs accounted for nearly half of all male deaths by suicide in the period 2008 to 2012, a new report sugge(...)

Fr Alec Reid after he was presented with “Tipperary Person of the Year” in 2006. Photograph: John Cogill

Fr Alec Reid, who was a pivotal figure during the emerging peace process in Northern Ireland, died yesterday.Fr Reid has been described as a “pillar o(...)

Security personnel detain and disarm Michael Stone in the lobby of the Stormont parliament buildings in Northern Ireland in  November  2006.  Reuters

Loyalist gunman Michael Stone must serve a minimum 30 years in jail for his part in a sectarian murder campaign, Northern Ireland’s most senior judge (...)

Former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, founder of the west Belfast Feile

Just over 25 years ago some of the most shocking images from the Troubles were transmitted across the globe. They showed west Belfast caught in a vort(...)