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 (...)

Geraldine Finucane (centre), wife of late Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane,  and her two sons Michael (right), and John Finucane (left), holding a press conference in Westminster  after hearing the report by Sir Desmond de Silva QC into her husband’s murder  in 1989. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Amnesty has described the British government’s refusal to hold an independent inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane 25 year(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:  said the programme shone a light on one aspect of “Britain’s dirty war” in Ireland.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The British ministry of defence is to investigate claims that a British army plainclothes undercover unit under the command of an army brigadier opera(...)