Robert Christie’s ‘tragic death brings to the fore again the risks associated with slurry tanks’, said coroner Suzanne Anderson. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A coroner delivered a stark warning of the dangers of mixing slurry after he presided over the inquest for an eight-year-old schoolboy who died from i(...)

Chris Henry has been named among the Ulster replacements. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Chris Henry has been cleared by his surgeon for full participation in Friday night’s Pro12 encounter with Cardiff Blues as head coach Neil Doak has na(...)

The fallout after the 65-48 vote in favour of the Ulster Hockey Union (UHU) not taking part in the IHL will instantly confound players in Ulster teams, many of whom see the IHL as a step up in standards. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whatever way it is construed the vote taken in Stormont’s Pavilion by Ulster on Wednesday night not to participate in the proposed Irish Hockey Leagu(...)

 Ulster’s Paddy Jackson returns to action against Cardiff after recovering from a cracked elbow suffered against Toulon. Photograph: Franck Pennant/INPHO/Presseye

Ulster, finally, are looking like themselves again. The return of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, both after cracked elbows against Toulon in Januar(...)

The survey was undertaken on Monday and Tuesday among a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 per cent

Support for Fine Gael has recovered, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, which also shows a significant rise in satisfaction with Tao(...)

Ospreys’ Dan Biggar is set to win the Rhino Golden Boot for most points in the Pro 12. His 93.3 per cent record from the tee is the best seasonal record ever for a regular kicker in a major league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dissuaded from staggered kick-offs and having the potential for a final day laced with the possibilities that freighted last weekend’s Six Nations co(...)

Realex founder and chief executive  Colm Lyon. Realex can lay claim to being one of the few truly indigenous tech companies to make it big. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/Image Bureau

At 52, Colm Lyon is no wunderkind of the tech world. He has been ploughing away at the e-payments game for more than 15 years. Yesterday, he struck go(...)

This try against the Dragons was one of five in Craig Gilroy’s last four games for Ulster. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Craig Gilroy is normally a chilled spectator but during the course of last Saturday’s Six Nations three-game box set, his demeanour was a great deal m(...)

The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Derry manager Brian McIver: his side must beat Dublin and Cork and hope the teams immediately above them draw their match and lose their final fixtures on Sunday week.  Photograph: Inpho

Derry manager Brian McIver heads for Croke Park on Saturday needing long-odds combination of results to avoid relegation just a year after reaching th(...)