Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory  apologises to the three women who were “let down” by the North’s Public Prosecution Service

“That’s a fair description,” said Barra McGrory when asked if his Public Prosecution Service’s handling of the Maíria Cahill sex abuse and IRA interro(...)

Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory apologises to three woman who accused an alleged IRA member of abusing them as children,  after a damning report criticised how  the  prosecution was handled at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has called on Sinn Féin to accept the findings of Sir Keir Starmer QC and to apologise to her. Ms Cahill said she welcomed and ac(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt will be putting mental health and wellbeing at the top of his agenda for Monday’s meeting with David Cameron.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to focus on mental health and wellbeing issues during a meeting with David Cameron at Downing Street on M(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs  Nigel Dodds and Gavin Robinson at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

With the Westminster election over the challenge in Northern Ireland is to make politics work. The man of the moment is Peter Robinson. The policies t(...)

 The DUP’s William McCrea, who has lost his South Antrim seat to the UUP’s Danny Kinahan in a major upset. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The UUP is back on the green benches of Westminster after the Northern Ireland election. It was neck and neck throughout the count but in the end the (...)

UUP candidate for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott arrives at the polling station in his home town of Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh, as voting continues across the UK in the most uncertain general election for decades. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s political leaders have cast their votes in an election that could hand some of them a role in shaping the next government.Democrati(...)

Mike Nesbitt (UUP leader); Naomi Long (Alliance); Mark Durkan (SDLP); Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) and Nigel Dodds (DUP deputy leader) take part in a televised election debate chaired by BBC presenter. Photograph: William Cherry/BBC Northern Ireland via Getty Images

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness came under pressure over Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy during the last major television debate involving No(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)

The  DUP’s Jim Wells, who has apologised for controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The DUP is standing by its Health Minister Jim Wells following remarks about gay couples and child abuse despite concern at a senior level in the part(...)