File photo  of forensic officers examining the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed in thick fog, near Beccles, Norfolk, killed  leading  Lord Ballyedmond and three other men. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The family of Northern Ireland’s richest man, Lord Ballyedmond, have said serious questions remain unanswered after an inquest found that his death in(...)

Forensic officers examining the wreckage of a helicopter after four people, including Dr Edward Haughey, died in a crash in thick fog in a field in Gillingham, near Beccles, Norfolk in 2014. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The fog on the night of a helicopter crash which killed Lord Ballyedmond and three others was so thick that RAF rescue crews could not land at the wr(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster  walks past a painting of Ian Paisley at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Arlene Foster’s career has moved in quite an upward trajectory considering that, shortly after the 1998 Belfast Agreement, she herself considered that(...)

‘The DUP’s opposition to gender quotas makes Foster’s rise more intriguing.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Arlene Foster has been appointed Northern Ireland’s first female First Minister. Foster is also the first female to lead the Democratic Unionist Party(...)

Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

The two soccer associations on the island of Ireland are this week faced with the dilemma of deciding how to respond to a controversial invitation to(...)

 Arlene Foster, who will be formally  elected Northern Ireland First Minister today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A leading DUP politician and a senior Free Presbyterian Minister have expressed confidence that Arlene Foster, who is to be elected Northern Ireland (...)

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan. Photograph: Twitter

A Sinn Féin MLA is to pay libel damages to an Ulster Unionist MP for falsely suggesting he had harassed and shot people, the High Court in Belfast hea(...)

The updated periodic table of the elements. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, finally completing the table’s seventh row and rendering science textbooks around the world i(...)

Arlene Foster said she hopes the first years of Northern Ireland’s second century can be  better than people had dared to hope for. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty Northern Editor The North will hold commemorative events for the Easter Rising and the impact it has had on the creation of Northern (...)

A huge wave of public goodwill towards new DUP leader Arlene Foster  has helped the optimistic mood in Northern Ireland this Christmas. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Predictable’ is used as an insult in Northern Ireland, especially regarding politics, yet perceptible optimism for the year ahead owes much to an unu(...)