Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International has said. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday when publi(...)

File photo dated March 1981 of Jimmy Savile. Photograph: PA

Nine informal complaints were made about paedophile Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital but none “were either taken seriously or escalated to se(...)

Mark Carney stressed that risks from low inflation in Britain related mainly to the labour market, not to deferred consumption as occurred in Japan, where deflation became entrenched during its so-called lost decade.

Bank of England chief Mark Carney has warned of the likely impact a Greek exit from the euro would have on Britain.Mr Carney also urged employers on T(...)

Victor Nealon (seated), Barry George (L) and Martin Foran (R)  after a protest in Westminster at the Global Law Summit in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre which has marked the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Photograph: Mark Hennessy

The 800th anniversary celebrations of Magna Carta are an insult, Irish victims of miscarriages of justice have declared. For Dublin-born Martin Foran(...)

Attorney General Maire Whelan. The Pat Finucane Centre has said it has informed her of this “new evidence”

New documents have been uncovered that confirm interrogations of detainees who became known as the “hooded men” were taped, according to the Pat Finu(...)

The FCA will also consider undertaking a separate market study into whether customers are getting value for money when buying asset management services.

Britain’s financial watchdog will launch its first review of competition in investment banking and corporate banking services, saying the benefits of (...)

Lawyers argued that the ongoing Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry sitting in Banbridge is powerless to properly scrutinise a ’closed order’ surrounding the Kincora home.

An abuse victim today won the first stage in his court battle to have claims, that politicians and high-level British state agents colluded in a paedo(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers has said the British government “fully recognises” the sensitivities surrounding the decision not to have a British royal presence at the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers has said the British government “fully recognises” the sensitivities surrounding the deci(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

File court artist sketch   of Brusthom Ziamani, appearing via video link at the Old Bailey in London. The court heard how the teenager  idolised the killers of fusilier Lee Rigby and was arrested while allegedly on his way to behead a British soldier. Picture: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

A British Muslim who idolised the killers of fusilier Lee Rigby was arrested as he made his way to behead a British soldier, a court heard.Brusthom Zi(...)