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(...)

Dr Richard Haass arriving at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast today. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Representatives of the five main political parties in Belfast are facing mounting pressure to reach some sort of settlement on dealing with contentiou(...)

Left to right: Basil McCrea, Tina McKenzie and John McAllister of NI21.

The NI21 leader Basil McCrea today placed the new party firmly as a broad-church pro-union centrist party that aimed to rival the Alliance and Ulster (...)

Burning debris blocks the Newtownards Road in East Belfast on January 5th of this year as part of the Union flag protests. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Any resurgence of the Union flag protests would have disastrous consequences for Christmas trade in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice(...)