Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard novel psychoactive substances were distributed at a shop on Gresham Street between October 2013 and July 2014 in a substantial commercial operation taking in £50,000 a month. File photograph: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Two men and a woman were given community service orders on Tuesday in a groundbreaking case over the sale of £400,000 worth of so-called legal highs i(...)

Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices: it is expected that up to 250 jobs could be generated during the conversion  75 once the hotel opens for business. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty

Fans of all things Titanic will one day soon be able to enjoy a sleepover in the historic headquarters and drawing offices of Harland and Wolff follow(...)

Chief executive of Argento Peter Boyle’s chain of jewellery stores stretches from Belfast’s main shopping district to  Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Eric Luke

There cannot be many former street traders who can look out of the head office of their £24 million a year business on to the exact same street where (...)

District Judge George Conner at Belfast Magistrates Court said the burglary and theft offences warranted a prison sentence. Giving the defendants credit for their guilty pleas, he  suspended the five-month jail terms for 12 months. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two men have been given five-month suspended prison sentences for stealing £700 (€980) worth of sex toys from a shop in Belfast. Gary McCann (26), and(...)

Three of the Four Tall Ships which Sailed into Dublin last year.  This year the race will travel to Belfast where it will be the largest event to be staged in the city to date. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times.

Belfast is set to welcome the Tall Ships Race back for the third time this summer which officials today said could attract 500,000 spectators and del(...)

Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson: Elected as the first Lord Mayor of Northern Ireland’s newest and biggest council

Northern Ireland on Wednesday witnesses the biggest overhaul of local government in more than 40 years with the formal creation of 11 “super” councils(...)

Arder Carson will take over from outgoing mayor Nichola Mallon  of the SDLP. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The first mayor of Belfast’s new-look supercouncil will be Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson.Mr Carson, a former butcher, will take office next month when the (...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

British food writer Xanthe Clay will chair a conference on food tourism in Belfast in February

British food writer Xanthe Clay will chair a conference in Belfast next February entitled Focus on Food. The development of food tourism in the c(...)

A High Court judge has thrown out a legal bid to overturn a council block on putting Irish signs up on a Belfast street.Mr Justice Horner dismissed al(...)