The DUP instead proposed the creation of a working group to look at how the issue of fatal foetal abnormality could be addressed. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

The Northern Assembly has voted to reject proposals to permit abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest. The(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Fermanagh-South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former Stormont minister and MP Michelle Gildernew must wait for a decision by Sinn Féin’s ruling ardchomhairle to learn whether she will be a candida(...)

Abortion is legal in the North where there is a threat to the life of the woman or where there is a risk of a serious and adverse effect on her physical or mental health which is either long term or permanent.  Photograph: Thinkstock

There were 16 abortions in Northern Ireland from April 2014 to April 2015 which is a reduction of seven on the previous year, according to the latest (...)

Attorney General John Larkin QC said at the time of the decision he was “profoundly disappointed”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Northern Ireland’s Attorney General has lodged an appeal against the recent decision which could see abortion permitted in cases of fatal foetal abno(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy: got the bulk of the IRA in south Armagh over the line. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s backing of Thomas “Slab” Murphy will be seized upon by politicians from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, DUP, Ulster Unionist, SDLP and oth(...)

Arlene Foster has been elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, succeeding Peter Robinson, who has led the party since 2008. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

New leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has said she wants to create a “more harmonious” society in Northern Ireland. She told the(...)

Last month Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached a human rights article in relation to fatal foetal abnormality and pregnancy as a result of sexual crime. File photograph: Getty Images

A Belfast High Court judge has effectively handed over responsibility for implementing his ruling that abortion should be permitted in cases of fatal (...)

Jane Christie (left), whose daughter Sarah Ewart was forced to travel to England for an abortion, with Gráinne Teggart from Amnesty International on Monday. Photograph: Lesley Anne McKeown/PA

The Belfast High Court has issued a landmark judgment which would make abortion legal in Northern Ireland in cases of rape, incest and fatal (...)

NI abortion judgment: It is likely there will be more legal issues to be tested and confronted in relation to this ruling. Photograph: Getty Images

In ruling against Bernadette Smyth, of Precious Life, and Marion Woods, of Life Northern Ireland, Mr Justice Mark Horner in a sense conceded ar(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland Assembly members have began the business of bringing some normality to Stormont politics following the agreement on Tuesday involving(...)