A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be released from custody

A student accused of being part of an international drugs trafficking operation sending £15 million worth of cannabis to Northern Ireland is to be rel(...)

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Blue Flags have been awarded to 81 beaches and five marinas around the State’s coastline - six more than last year. Six of the 81 beaches are a(...)

Daniel and Amy McArthur of the Ashers Baking Company. The company was found guilty of discrimination against a gay rights advocate by refusing to bake him a cake with a slogan promoting same-sex marriage. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

The Ashers Baking Company in Belfast is to appeal the Belfast County Court decision which found it guilty of discrimination against a gay rights advoc(...)

Former minister and long-time government adviser Dr Martin Mansergh will tonight begin an attempted return to the Dáil when he aims to become a Fianna Fáil candidate for the newly-united Tipperary constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former minister and long-time government adviser Dr Martin Mansergh will tonight begin an attempted return to the Dáil when he aims to become a Fianna(...)

Under the terms of the Stormont House Agreement the devolution of corporation tax powers is inextricably linked to new welfare changes in the North. Photograph: Eric Luke

New evidence has emerged that potential overseas investors are “deferring, sometimes permanently” decisions about the North because of the uncertaint(...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

Julia Holmes (63) and Thomas Ruttle (56), whose  bodies were discovered in the upstairs bedroom of a farmhouse in Boolaglass, Askeaton, Co Limerick. Photograph: Alan Betson

Convicted fraudster Julia Holmes, found dead with her partner in an apparent double suicide, wrote to a solicitor firm asking that they both be buried(...)

Theresa  Villiers said there was still  time to try to break  political deadlock in Stormont while indicating that ultimately she may take over control of welfare.   File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has refused to rule out the British government taking over responsibility for welfare from the Northern Executive (...)

 Minister for Finance Arlene Foster  warned that rejection of the welfare proposals would create an unsustainable £604 million (€854 million) deficit in the Stormont budget. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Northern Assembly last night blocked the final passage of the welfare Bill, triggering a potential crisis that could bring down the Stormont in(...)

Ulster Bank headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Royal Bank of Scotland announced yesterday that it has agreed to sell a portfolio of Ulster Bank loans in Northern Ireland to an entity affiliated (...)