Northern Ireland’s Minister for  Finance, Arlene Foster, defended the DUP’s use of a “petition of concern” to block marriage equality. Photograph: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The days of dying for Ireland are over, and so are the days of never, never, never. So much so that fewer than 40 per cent of people polled in the Rep(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin last May. In the Republic, 67% of respondents were  comfortable with a close member of their family marrying someone of the same sex.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A clear majority of people on both sides of the Border accept the principle of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey. The survey for BBC Nort(...)

Sir James Galway, a world-renowned flautist, said Ian Paisley snr was indirectly responsible for some deaths during the Troubles in a BBC Radio Ulster interview. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley snr’s family has sought legal advice after Sir James Galway suggested the late former first minister was indirectly responsible for some o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets the men behind Nutritics, Damian and Ciaran O’Kelly, at HealthXL Dublin’s Global Gathering Investor Day at Trinity Biomedical Building. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Damian O’Kelly’s business idea sprang from a sense of frustration. While studying nutrition at Leeds Metropolitan University, he was working with athl(...)

RTÉ broadcaster Áine Lawlor was inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame along with Paul Claffey from Mid West Radio, Tony Fenton from Today FM and Walter Love from BBC Radio Ulster at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony last night.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

RTÉ Radio 1 was once again the big winner at last night’s Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Awards winning nine times. Irish Times’ columni(...)

Marchese Marconi and Robbie Power  win the Ladbrokes Maiden Hurdle on day six of the Galway Festival. Photograph: PA Wire

Stephen Nolan would love to run Prince Rudi in the Irish National next spring after his stable stalwart landed the feature race on the sixth day of th(...)

Emergency services at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast last night, where hugely popular Dutch DJ Hardwell was due to perform.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Alan Lewis

Emergency services in Belfast were tonight dealing with what they term “a major incident” at the Odyssey Arena, the city’s largest entertainment ve(...)

The North’s Minister for Justice David Ford is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland that could permit terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. He also indicated that the consultation could cover abortion in cases of rape and incest.

The North’s Minister for Justice David Ford is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland that could permit te(...)

Sarah Ewart, a Northern Ireland woman who had an abortion in London after her baby was also discovered to have anencephaly. Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

A woman who is carrying twin girls with a fatal foetal abnormality has appealed to the North’s Minister for Health Edwin Poots to allow her have an (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Edwin Poots has appointed senior officials to examine the case of a woman who travelled to England for an ab(...)