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 (...)

Louise Walsh: “Ethically, as an artist, to re-envisage something that’s been made for a different site is a bit like making a rope to hang yourself. I don’t think officials understand the artistic process.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

Huge, round, rusted and on its back. The sight of the massive steel sculpture by Cork artist Louise Walsh, lying abandoned in a bleak industrial estat(...)