Pro-choice activists rally outside City Hall  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s attorney general has lodged an appeal against a Northern Ireland High Court ruling that declared the region’s strict abortion laws (...)

Same-sex couple Shannon Sickles (left) and Grainne Close arrive at Belfast High Court for their  case against the ban on gay marriage in Northern Ireland, December 3rd, 2015. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two gay couples barred from getting married in Northern Ireland have suffered no grave breach of their human rights, the High Court heard on Friday. (...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has again rejected calls to include Kincora boys’ home in an inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring at Westminste(...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “We can all rightfully be proud to be Irish and part of an increasingly tolerant, pluralist and outward-looking Ireland. Politicians, particularly in the North, need to reflect on this progress.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, according to Amnes(...)

Scenes Dublin Castle on Saturday for the referendum count. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The historic Yes vote in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum leaves the North as the last bastion of discrimination against gay people, accordin(...)

A screengrab of Gerard McKerr, one of The Hooded Men, from the RTÉ Investigations Unit documentary The Torture Files.

A prisoner detained without trial who was allegedly tortured by British soldiers during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has died aged 71.Gerard McKer(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: said the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was the “best-placed authority” to address the Kincora allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GERRY MORIARTY First Minister Peter Robinson is to liaise with the head of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry after Northern Secretary Theresa(...)

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May: announced an  inquiry yesterday following allegations of an establishment cover-up of a child paedophile ring operating at Westminster. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

British Home Office secretary Theresa May has been urged to include the Belfast Kincora Boys’ Home scandal in the investigation of how the British gov(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called for the reopening of the 1970s ‘Hooded Men’ case. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for the reopening of the 1970s case alleging torture by the British government against the so-called Hooded(...)

Ian Elliott said Church bodies were undermining the work of the NBSC by consistently cutting funding. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has expressed concern at claims that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog is being undermined through funding (...)