Ashers, which has six shops employing 62 people, is being prosecuted for refusing to bake a cake with a slogan stating “Support Gay Marriage”. It was also to feature the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie, with their arms around one another. Photograph: Getty

A rally was held in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Tuesday night in support of the Ashers Baking Company ahead of a legal case on Thursday that is (...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (second right) with (from left)  Dr Nicola Brady, research co-ordinator, Council For Justice and Peace;  Bishop Noel Treanor; Deirdre O’Rawe, regional director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service NI; the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA and the DUP’s Jonathan Bell during a meeting on February 24th, 2015,  to discuss the Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has met representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Belfast to discuss legislation which will al(...)

Paul Givan of the DUP hopes to help introduce a “conscience clause” into equality laws in Northern Ireland.

A bid to introduce a “conscience clause” into equality laws in Northern Ireland has been launched in the wake of a controversial legal action against (...)

A bill has been published in the wake of the decision by the North’s Equality Commission to take a civil legal action against Ashers Baking Company for refusing to bake a cake  promoting same-sex marriage via the images of Bert and Ernie. Photograph: YouTube/Christian Institute

A DUP Assembly member has called for a “reasonable accommodation” between the rights of people not to be discriminated against and the right to freedo(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

Judge Desmond Marrinan told the Stormont justice committee in November that he had been subjected to “flawed, unfair and biased” treatment when he failed in a competition to be appointed as a High Court judge. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

The North’s Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan has told the Assembly justice committee that a complaint by a county court judge that he had been a v(...)

The Family and Life website.

A Fine Gael TD has called for an investigation into a pro-life organisation which brought 13 politicians to New York and Washington last March and is (...)

Paul Givan, DUP chairman of the Stormont justice committee, welcomed  pay award, saying “prison staff live under a general threat of violence”.

More than 1,000 Northern Ireland prison officers, mostly recruited since 2002, are to receive extra “danger money” pay in light of the threat from dis(...)

Former South Down MP Eddie McGrady, who has died at the age of 78. Photograph. Bill Smyth/PA Wire

The former South Down MP and SDLP founder member Eddie McGrady has died aged 78. He had been ill for some time.Mr McGrady spent 50 years as a councill(...)

A number of people have been arrested as part of a major investigation into the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Northern Ireland. (...)