A proton-proton collision at the Cern particle collider. John Bell had a stellar physics career at the physics research centre and laboratory in Geneva, where he was officially focused on particle physics. Photograph: AP Photo/Cern

The island of Ireland might be known, to those wearing emerald-tinted glasses, as the land of saints and scholars, but isn’t it curious that in the(...)

Tony Blair: “When they said to [Ian Paisley] peace was thinkable, he made it possible.”

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Ian Paisley was a man whose convictions never changed, but he was a man whose understanding of the possi(...)

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left ‘an indelible mark’. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left an “indelible mark”, while Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland. As the DUP (...)

Sir Anthony Hart has recounted how the 50 men and women who are to give evidence in the coming weeks were part of a group of approximately 130 children sent to Australia as part of a child migration programme between 1922 and 1995. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland inquiry into historical institutional abuse in the coming weeks will hear “shocking” evidence of alleged abuse against children w(...)

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(...)