Anna Lo MLA: “measures such as quotas do not have to be forever, they can be temporary until such times as a critical mass of women elected as been achieved.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Gender quotas have worked to increase the number of women getting elected in politics and should be looked at along with other measures to encourage (...)

Queen Elizabeth and Northern Ireland  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness shake hands, watched by First Minister Peter Robinson, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in June 2012. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Queen Elizabeth’s handshake with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness in 2012 had been “the most remarkabl(...)

Sir John Gorman, who has died aged 91, was a somewhat unusual figure in Northern Ireland politics and public life, coming from a family that was Catho(...)

The number of cattle thefts went from 133 in 2012 to 298 last year and is no longer considered to be just a Border phenomenon.

Some 34 stolen cattle recently recovered by gardaí in Monaghan will be taken to marts in the midlands in the coming weeks in an effort to reunite them(...)

 The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written to the North’s Assembly members urging them to reject a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of gay marriage. Photograph: David Sleator

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written an open(...)

Dr Donal McKeown, the new Bishop of Derry: ‘as Christians of various traditions, we have an opportunity and a duty to be sources of hope, especially when political sclerosis seems to have afflicted out body politic’

The failure of the Northern Ireland Assembly “to focus on delivering the reforms that people need” was addressed this afternoon by the newly in(...)

The decision to extend an invitation to Pope Francis was passed by 30 votes with none against by Belfast City Council.

Belfast City Council will formally invite Pope Francis to visit the city. The decision to extend an invitation was passed by 30 votes wit(...)

John Larkin: his comments recognise the realities of the Northern Ireland legal system. Photograph: PA

It is so unusual for the divided political classes of Northern Ireland to agree on anything that when it happens observers feel like taking a closer l(...)

 Gerry Adams: Building bridge would be relatively small investment with significant potential. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed doubt that concerns about the cost of building a bridge between counties Down and Louth can be resolved before the (...)

HSE: provided useful funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish medical research occurs on an ad hoc basis without proper co-ordination, a review has found. And too many young researchers attempting to build (...)