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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and UK prime minister David Cameron have been given interim reports on the progress of talks between the five main Stormont parties. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have urged Stormont’s politicians to strive for agreement as the on-going talks process (...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members.The allegations, arising from a BB(...)

The  bomb attack happened at 12.45am this morning near the Holy Cross Church (above) in Belfast, sparking a security alert for several hours. The PSNI blamed dissident republicans.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An explosive device thrown at police officers early this morning near a Catholic church in Northern Ireland was designed to kill, a senior commander (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)

The  farm in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, near the Border, at which thousands of farm animals perished in a fire. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Police are investigating the cause of a fire that killed thousands of pigs at a farm in Northern Ireland. Carcasses of the sows and pig(...)

A medical tent and ambulances outside the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Fourteen young people are still receiving treatment for alcohol and drugs use following what the emergency services call “a major incident” at Belfast(...)

Ulster Unionist mayor of Newtownabbey Borough Council Fraser Agnew said: “As the guardians of all that is right in society, we have got to take a stand somewhere - and that is what happened in this instance.” Photograph: Rowland White/Presseye/Inpho

A play in Northern Ireland has been cancelled after Christians claimed it was blasphemous.The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) was due to be(...)

The growth of Irish in the North is being blocked by hostile attitudes at Stormont, the Council of Europe says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Growth and promotion of the Irish language in Northern Ireland is being blocked by hostile attitudes in Stormont and a lack of support for its use in (...)

The Royal Air Force is recruiting for reservists across Northern Ireland, has re-established a base at Aldergrove in Co Antrim and said it was aiming to offer job opportunities to the widest possible number of people. File photograph: John Giles/PA

The British Ministry of Defence has apologised for “any offence” after an RAF recruitment billboard placed close to the scene of the Bloody Sunday ma(...)