LGBT activists at one of today’s protests in Northern Ireland over a proposed ‘conscience clause’ Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Equality activists have taken to the streets of Belfast, Derry and Newry in Northern Ireland to demonstrate against the DUP’s proposed conscience clau(...)

Politicians at Stormont after agreement on a range of disputes that had undermined powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The UK Government has today published details of new legislation that will enable corporation tax powers to be devolved to the Northern Ireland Execut(...)

Queen Elizabethshakes hands with Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness watched by First Minister Peter Robinson  in Belfast in 2012. A quarter of a century earlier, MP Jim Kilfedder sought her direct involvement in talks on the North’s future. Photograph: Paul Faith/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The crisis in unionism after the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement prompted the Northern Ireland Assembly speaker to write to prime minister Margaret Thatch(...)

Politicians  at Stormont after agreement on a range of disputes that had undermined powersharing in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Stormont House Agreement, as it has been called, was agreed after a 12-week process, a few setbacks and a marathon continuous final session that (...)

A proposal to outlaw the purchasing of sex is among a number of clauses in Lord Morrow’s Private Member’s Bill aimed at amending Northern Ireland’s laws on trafficking and prostitution. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

A legislative bid to ban paying for sex in Northern Ireland has passed its final stage in the Stormont Assembly. The region will become the first part(...)

Oireachtas TV: the channel’s infrastructure is provided by Pi Communications, the broadcast facilities company that is launching a satellite van service next year. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the pressures on television news budgets, there may be one winner: the companies to which infrastructural services such as outside broadcasts ar(...)

Bernadette McAliskey: “An educated poor eats its government.” Photograph: Paula Geraghty

The primacy of human rights has to be the  lens through which we can "understand society" and be "agents for a better world",  former MP,(...)

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(...)