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(...)

 New EU rules  allowing member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their territory have been formally adopted by the European Council. File photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

New EU rules that would allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territory have moved a step(...)

The reduction in the number of departments was suggested during the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has formally named the nine new departments that will replace the existing 12 Northern Executive departments in (...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

If Labour has decided now is the time to fight back against its critics, then perhaps a message from the grassroots has filtered to the top. The confe(...)

Residents whose houses could be demolished during construction of the proposed Galway city bypass never received notification about the plans, according to local homeowners.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Residents whose houses could be demolished during construction of the proposed Galway city bypass never received notification about the plans, accordi(...)

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Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has said she believes the Government should run its full term.“My own view is that we should use the remaining (...)

Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland celebrates after his victory over Chris Avalos of USA for the IBF Super Bantamweight World Title at Odyssey Arena on February 28th in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

He unites the people of the North in a way politicians can only dream of.World champion boxer Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton is riding high after retainin(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the Labour Party leader helped negotiate the programme for Government.  File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of being the “architect of austerity” at a gathering on Saturday. Mr Adams s(...)