The reduction in the number of departments was suggested during the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has formally named the nine new departments that will replace the existing 12 Northern Executive departments in (...)

Salmon enchanted evening: Noel Clancy celebrated Valentine’s Day with a great springer of 13lb 8oz from Lough Currane

Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ifi) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (Nadp) which it hopes will provide criteria, support and proposals to(...)

Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín also announced that a consultation on proposals for an Irish Language Bill will begin in February. Above:  the Carson Statue at Stormont. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The publication of a 20-year strategy for Irish by the North’s Department of Culture has been welcomed by Conradh na Gaeilge as a “significant step(...)

The High Court in Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Belfast High Court judge who quashed the granting of planning permission for a new 38,000-seat GAA stadium in the west of the city has demanded “com(...)

Casement Park in west Belfast. Photograph: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister acted unlawfully in approving a new 38,000-seat GAA stadium in the heart of west Belfast, a High Court judge h(...)

“We want people and businesses in Northern Ireland to get connected - to use the technology”

Speed of delivery is absolutely key in Heather Boyle’s business. Everything her small company in Co Down produces is fresh – which Boyle believes is w(...)

Development officer Linda Ervine and PUP founder member Sam Evans (left) with teacher Maitiú Ó hEachaidh  at the new Irish language centre ‘Turas’ on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, which opened last night to cope with an increasing number of learners. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.

An Irish language centre has opened its doors, offering a sincere fáilte romhaibh to the people in loyalist east Belfast. It is on the Newtownards Roa(...)

The theatre’s construction ended up costing £17.8 million – more than £5 million over estimate.

The tender process that awarded an £11 million contract to rebuild the landmark Lyric Theatre in Belfast was potentially rigged and manipulated, a dam(...)

John Tully, chief executive of 2013 WPFG. The World Police & Fire Games is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. It is the third-largest international multisport event in the world. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Northern Ireland is warming up to hosting its largest sporting event on record, and organisers hope it will deliver a £15.5 million (€18 million) boos(...)