Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

The two soccer associations on the island of Ireland are this week faced with the dilemma of deciding how to respond to a controversial invitation to(...)

Pastor James McConnell leaving  the magistrates court in Belfast on January 5, 2016 after being found not guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam. The judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The bizarre trial of elderly Belfast pastor James McConnell has ended with the right verdict: not guilty. His attack on Islam – made from the platform(...)

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive. Photograph: Twitter

DUP Assembly member Emma Pengelly has been appointed a junior Minister in the Northern Executive - just four weeks after she was co-opted as the MLA f(...)

Democratic Unionist councillor Ruth Patterson, with her solicitor Denis Moloney, arriving at Belfast Magistrates Court today in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Democratic Unionist Party councillor has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Ruth Pat(...)

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson, who has been arrested following a alleged response she made to a Facebook post in which she appeared to welcome an imaginary act of violence against senior republicans. Photograph: Photopress Belfast

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson has been charged with posting a “grossly offensive communication” and is to appear in court later this month.The 57-year(...)

Ruth Patterson will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on August 22nd, accused of sending a grossly offensive communication.

A Democratic Unionist councillor in Northern Ireland has been charged by police with sending a grossly offensive communication.Former Belfast City dep(...)

DUP  councillor Ruth Patterson who is being questioned by the PSNI over comments she made on Facebook.

Police have arrested an outspoken loyalist Belfast city councillor at the centre of a row over a disputed parade.Ruth Patterson (57) a member of North(...)

DUP councillor Ruth Patterson who said today: “I completely withdraw this flawed Facebook comment. Murder and terrorism can never be justified in any circumstances”.

A controversial Democratic Unionist councillor has issued an unreserved apology for a post on Facebook that endorsed a fictional account of a massa(...)