Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with foreign affairs spokesman Brendan Smith. The party has launched its new policy document and wants to include a Seanad representative for the diaspora.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has pledged to extend voting rights to all Irish citizens for presidential elections as part of its new foreign affairs policy. It (...)

The trawler is the latest in a long line of fishing vessels believed to have been dragged by submarines in the Irish Sea.  Archive photograph of a fishing vessel: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The crew of an Ardglass-based fishing trawler escaped injury when their vessel was towed by a suspected submarine off the coast of Ireland on Wednesda(...)

Fore! Look out – the announcements will be flying for the rest of the year.Four! That’s how many years Fine Gael and Labour are in power. The sun went(...)

Stormont. The Northern Ireland Assembly has adopted a motion criticising the naming of a Newry park after hunger striker Raymond McCreesh. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Northern Ireland Assembly has adopted a DUP motion criticising Newry and Mourne Council’s decision to name a Newry play park after IRA hunger stri(...)

The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin,  has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The republican Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly has said it is his “absolute duty” to lead a Commonwealth group at Stormont.Sinn Féin’s Mitche(...)

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(...)