Demonstrators outside the House of Commons as UK chancellor George Osborne set out his plans to reshape the country’s economy with the first budget of the new Conservative government on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

The UK chancellor’s pledge on Wednesday in his summer budget to cut British corporation tax to 18 per cent by 2020 will reduce the overall cost to the(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. An Assembly committee has said that Northern Ireland credit unions and mutual societies should benefit from  any new lower rates of corporation tax.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Credit unions and mutual societies in Northern Ireland should be able to benefit from any new lower rate of corporation tax, according to a cross-part(...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson blamed the North’s four other main parties for Mr Osborne’s decision to put conditions on his corporation tax offer.

The British chancellor’s decision to link the devolution of corporation tax-setting powers to a successful outcome of the current Northern political t(...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

Assembly members have rejected a legal measure that would restrict abortion availability in Northern Ireland.

Assembly members have rejected a legal measure that would restrict abortion availability in Northern Ireland. An(...)

Sinn Fein candidate Francie Molloy makes a speech after being elected MP for Mid Ulster, at the count centre in Cookstown Leisure Centre, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

There was no handshake between the victor, Francie Molloy, and his main unionist unity opponent, Nigel Lutton, after the Mid-Ulster byelection (...)