First Minister Arlene Foster: moved Mervyn Storey from the Department of Social Development to finance with DUP chairman Lord (Maurice) Morrow taking over social development.

The North’s new First Minister, Arlene Foster, used her first full day in office to appoint North Antrim Assembly member Mervyn Storey to fill her fo(...)

Toys and cards from local school children in a welcome centre at an undisclosed location in Belfast which will provide temporary accommodation for the first group of Syrian refugees to resettle in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

A group of 51 Syrian refugees have arrived in Northern Ireland and are being looked after at a welcome centre in Belfast. The first group of refugees(...)

A file photograph of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Frist Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Days after exchanging angry accusations over the stalled introduction of a revised welfare system, DUP First Minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Féin Dep(...)

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 (...)

Jim Wells said the report showed minimum pricing reduced consumption and alcohol-related harm by ensuring alcohol cannot be bought at prices that do not reflect its strength. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is planning to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to try to combat alcohol abuse, the North’s Minister of Health, Jim Wells, has s(...)

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance, Northern Executive

The North’s finance Minister Simon Hamilton hopes a positive decision on devolving corporation tax powers to the Northern Executive will be made withi(...)

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(...)