Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to be honoured by the queen.

Drew Harris to receive award while outgoing PSNI chief George Hamilton is knighted

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: ‘That is the one big lesson of Brexit. A referendum without a plan is stupid. So a referendum on unity must be set in a thoughtful inclusive process which sets out a programme of sustainable options, including phases of transition’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

DUP says former Sinn Féin leader’s call is ‘distraction” from SF’s poor election

Police and army bomb disposal experts at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast last Saturday after a bomb was found  under a car in the car park. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Smooth roads vehicle travelled over may have prevented device from exploding

Durham Constabulary’s chief constable Mike Barton and Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable George Hamilton  at a public meeting of the Policing Board in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Hamilton insists ombudsman complained to PSNI about Loughinisland document ‘theft’

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill, Mary-Lou McDonald and Conor Murphy speaking as talks to agree the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland continue. Photograph:  Rebecca Black/ PA Wire

Northern Secretary: Negotiations to be accelerated next week at leadership level

Tánaiste and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is going to  Stormont  as he and and Northern Secretary Karen Bradley and the political leaders seek to reach agreement on key issues. Photograph: PA

Tánaiste and Northern Secretary joining five main parties in negotiations

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is ‘determined to do everything in her power to ensure that the victims and survivors get the redress they deserve as quickly as possible’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

North’s parties give Karen Bradley go-ahead to bring in Westminster redress legislation

Federation chairman Mark Lindsay: ‘Feedback from the coalface is disturbing and worrying’. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Police Federation urges politicians to restore Stormont

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May: urged Northern Ireland’s main political parties to engage “substantively” on forging a deal.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach and UK prime minister urge parties to take advantage of ‘narrow window’

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers and  army bomb disposal experts at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast on Saturday where a  suspect device was found underneath  a PSNI officer’s car. Photograph: PA

PSNI working with Garda to trace dissident republicans suspected of planting device

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley speaking to the media outside Stormont House as as attempts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continues. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Simon Coveney wants an agreement to reinstate Northern Executive in ‘next few weeks’

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton, said  he met with James and Maria, the parents of Morgan Barnard, one of three young people who died  in a crush outside a hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

George Hamilton meets parents of one of victims, Morgan Barnard

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley hold talks with five parties at Stormont

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

Coalition of sports people, academics, arts and music figures call for commitment to be honoured

Alliance party leader and candidate Naomi Long (centre), at the European Parliamentary elections count at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Alliance surge just keeps rushing on as Naomi Long takes seat

Naomi Long: “I think people are tired of the fact that the stale politics of the past isn’t delivering.” Photograph: Getty Images

Also elected were Diane Dodds for the DUP and Martina Anderson of Sinn Féin

From left to right: Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, Alliance leader Naomi Long and Diane Dodds from the DUP at the count centre in Derry on Monday. Photograph: Freya McClements

Alliance, Sinn Féin and the DUP secure one seat in Europe each

 Sara Canning, partner of Lyra McKee speaks at a rally for the murdered journalist on  April 19th, in  Derry. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sara Canning says it is unbelievable this discrimination is allowed to continue

Danny Kennedy:  “I have really enjoyed being out on the political stump again”

Ulster Unionist European candidate anxious not to be elbowed aside by either SDLP or Alliance leaders

DUP’s Diane Dodds at the Balmoral Show. Photograph: Brian Little/PressEye

Northern Ireland European candidates make their pitches amid cows, ploughs and plenty of wows

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and party colleague Nicola Mallon: the party formed a partnership with Fianna Fáil earlier this year. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Colum Eastwood wants ‘to take back John Hume’s seat’

British defence secretary Penny Mordaunt has said she would propose new legal measures to protect soldiers from investigation into alleged offences committed during the course of duty after 10 years, except in exceptional circumstances. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

‘No British soldier should be above the law’, says Sinn Féin Assembly member

Alliance candidate Naomi Long during the party’s manifesto launch for the European Election 2019 at CIYMS in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Gains made in local elections suggest breakthrough, says East Belfast MEP candidate

Retiring Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Interviews for top Northern Ireland policing post to succeed George Hamilton next week

Rev Charles McMullen (third from left), speaking to media with church leaders Rev Trevor Gribben (left), Rev Brian Anderson (second from left), Rev William Davison (third from right), Arch Bishop Eamon Martin (second from right), and Rev Richard Clarke (right), following a meeting with political leaders at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Coveney says latest political talks positive but much ‘heavy lifting to do’ in weeks ahead

Comedian Patrick Kielty, George Mitchell and actor James Nesbitt take a selfie following an address by the senator at University of Ulster in  Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Chairman of Belfast Agreement talks warns of dangers of return to violence

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, arrives at Laganside Court in Belfast to give evidence at the inquest into the Ballymurphy killings. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin TD insists he was not part of IRA and says he did not see Ballymurphy shootings

A taxi sits outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Parties again enter talks in latest bid to restore Northern Executive and Assembly

Talks aimed at restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly are due to  begin at Stormont on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP

Sinn Féin claims British government will legislate for same-sex marriage if Assembly fails to pass legislation

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill at the Lyra McKee funeral in Belfast last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A significant portion of the electorate is making a plea for a move from polarised to a more accommodating form of politics

The Alliance Party’s Nuala McAllister celebrates as she is elected for the Castle area during the local  election count at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

Greens and People Before Profit also make gains in local elections

Counting  under way in Belfast after voters went to the polls in local elections. Photograph:   Rebecca Black/PA

Election sucess takes pressure to change off parties as they face into talks on Tuesday

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, celebrates after winning a seat at Newtownabbey Borough Council. Photograph: Dave Pettard/PA Wire

DUP’s first openly gay candidate elected to Newtownabbey Borough Council

Marie Anderson

Marie Anderson due to take over PSNI watchdog role in July

The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, has been elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Photograph: Dave Pettard/PA Wire

SDLP claims resurgence in Derry as candidates top polls in two electoral areas

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood  at a rally for journalist  Lyra McKee:  Thursday’s elections will test hopes of a new beginning in Northern politics. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Talks designed to restore devolution set to begin next Tuesday after Thursday’s poll

Alison Bennington who generally shied away from interviews during the election campaign, said she was standing “based on what I can deliver” for voters, rather on her sexual orientation. Photograph: Facebook

Alison Bennington is party candidate for the Glengormley urban area of Newtownabbey Borough Council

Lyra McKee (29) who was shot dead by the New IRA. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Murder of 29-year-old journalist and activist has led to efforts to reestablish Northern Executive

 The ATM theft at Nutts Corner near Crumlin, Co Antrim,  on Tuesday. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Owner of targeted service station says it was the fourth attempt to steal the ATM at his premises in 10 years

Micheál Martin and Colum Eastwood speaking outside Queen’s University Belfast. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA

“Staying out does not work,” says Micheál Martin in Belfast

Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May after the funeral of Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar, May announce negotiations to restart Stormont will begin on May 7th

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at  the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lyra McKee’s death ‘cannot be in vain’, Northern Secretary Karen Bradley says

 DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill at the funeral for murdered journalist Lyra McKee in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/EPA

Any breakthrough would be a testament to he memory of Lyra McKee

DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at  funeral service of journalist Lyra McKee at St Annes Cathedral, Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Coveney and Bradley set to announce fresh talks to end stalemate

Members of the NUJ provide a guard of honour as the remains of murdered journalist Lyra McKee leaves St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast after her funeral. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Standing ovation at slain journalist’s funeral reflected yearning for political compromise

DUP leader Arlene Foster with Sinn Féin leaders Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill before the funeral service for Lyra McKee at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Pool via Reuters

Following Lyra McKee funeral leaders say they want to restore powersharing

The coffin of journalist Lyra McKee is removed after her funeral at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘Why did it take murder of a young woman for politicians to act?’ priest asks

Members of the Irish, Northern Irish and British governments will attend Lyra McKee’s funeral.

Large crowds expected at St Anne’s Cathedral for journalist’s funeral

Murdered  journalist Lyra McKee:  Despite public sympathy and frustration, senior  Government sources are not optimistic of any imminent breakthrough to allow Stormont be relaunched. Photograph: Family handout

Tánaiste holds Belfast talks with leaders ahead of funeral of murdered journalist

 Welsh flag: the political landscape has changed irrevocably since 2009, creating room for a more defined and closer relationship between Dublin and Cardiff. Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish Consulate returns to Cardiff as Brexit looks set to kickstart new and diverse relations

 Graffiti that has been amended to read “IRA are done. Defeated Army” instead of “IRA undefeated Army” in the Creggan area of Derry  close by the scene where  journalist yra McKee was fatally shot amid rioting on April 18. Photograph:Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Formed in 2012, it has been involved in killings, gun and bomb attacks and ‘punishment’ shootings and beatings

The notion of John Hume’s “agreed Ireland” wasn’t just an aspirational soundbite, but was being practised at political level, and was feeding into the more optimistic public mood. The future seemed to look neither hard green nor orange, but a lighter mix of the two. Photograph: Getty Images

Tricky economic questions await those advancing Irish unity

Flags are flown during the Saoradh Easter commemoration at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 100 participate in dissident republican Easter Rising commemoration in Belfast

It took 55 firefighters to bring the blaze under control at Tollymore Forest in Co Down  said fire service group commander Dermot McPolland on Monday.

Firefighters faced a mile long firefront as caravan park and homes evacuated

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood speaks at a rally for journalist and author Lyra McKee on Friday, near the scene of her shooting in Derry.   Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Murder of journalist Lyra McKee should be a turning point, says Colum Eastwood

Smoke rises from the area on fire in the Mountains of Mourne in Co Down. Photograph: Chris Law/Twitter

Emergency services attend scene of ‘large fire’ at Tollymore Forest near Newcastle

Sinn Féin’s Northern leader, Michelle O’Neill, makes a speech during an Easter commemoration parade in Derry, on Sunday. She called on dissident republicans to  end their “futile actions” following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Photograph: Joe Boland/PA Wire

McDonald condemns Derry violence and says ‘sacrifices’ of patriots do not need repeating

Jim Allister: the Traditional Unionist Voice leader could have a chance of sneaking the third seat if he decides to run. Photograph: Getty Images

The leaders of the SDLP and Alliance are considering standing in the May election

The scene after a cash machine was stolen in Bushmills in Co Antrim on Monday night. Photograph: Pacemaker

Robbery is ninth such attack in Northern Ireland since start of the year

Mr Ahern will take part in workshops and master classes with students and will participate in events at the university. File photograph: Tom Honan

Former Taoiseach to deliver first lecture on the peace process and Brexit

A motorcyclist displays a badge on his jacket in support of Soldier F at the London rally.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Many of the protesters supporting Soldier F are armed forces veterans

Clare Guinness, chief executive of Warrenpoint Port: ‘I think Theresa May’s job is like herding cats’

‘The people who say “no-deal, no problem”, I say to them “no-deal, big problem” ’

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Northern Secretary appears to suggest Irish citizens in North could not vote in Border poll

Máiría Cahill said there are “concerns around my safety” and that there is a “court order in place in order to try and protect myself and my daughter”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Local government legislation does not allow SDLP councillor to stand without publishing her address

The Ulster Farmers’ Union,  the North’s Livestock and Meat Commission, and Meat Exporters’ Association have demanded  “every effort” is made to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘It is crucial decision-makers fully understand the devastating economic and social impact’

The research by Ipsos MORI for King’s College London found that more Leave than Remain voters would want the North to stay in the Union. File photograph:  PA

New poll also finds that a similar number of British people think Brexit makes a united Ireland more likely in next ten years

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in his office in the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday, with the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Cross-party group puts forward Bill obliging prime minister to seek lengthy Brexit delay

 Northern  Secretary Karen Bradley. The DUP is not  pleased by her declaration  that Dublin would have an input into direct rule  under  the Belfast and St Andrews agreements. Photograph: Getty Images

Emergency actions to cope with shortages of medicines or traffic jams at ports could overwhelm senior Northern civil servants

The head of the UK civil service has said that the powers granted to the Northern Secretary would not be enough to govern in the North, in the absence of a functioning Stormont executive. File photograph: Paul Faith

Sinn Féin and SDLP oppose any power shift to Westminster over Northern Ireland matters

Brook Street in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, where an  ATM was stolen from outside a shop.  Photograph:  Justin Kernoghan

Many rural areas could lose local access to cash because of such attacks, warns Retail NI

‘We have a very simple way of judging all of this. It’s what will protect the union,’ DUP leader Arlene Foster said. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

No splits in Democratic Unionist Party, leader insists in response to reports

‘When the Good Friday Agreement was painstakingly achieved I felt it had an almost poetic complexity,’ writes Michael Longley. ’You might say that today Northern Irish politics more often resemble bad prose.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The current edition of Northern Ireland’s literary journal marks 20 years of the Belfast Agreement – and the overriding mood is on(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May arrives at church, in Sonning. Sunday, March 31st. Photograph: Reuters/Simon Dawson

Ulster Unionist leader launches stinging Brexit attack on DUP

The two bronze horses stand on top of the pillars at the entrance to Downpatrick Racecourse. Photograph: Google Street View

Course manager said it was the second time the statues were stolen

Democratic Unionist Party Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson: might DUP yet furnish Theresa May with voting support she needs? Photograph: Liam McBurney

Sammy Wilson comments open to interpretation that DUP is amenable to compromise

DUP has dismissed speculation that leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds were changing stance on Brexit vote. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Spokesman confirms party will be voting against May’s Brexit deal in Commons

A criminal ‘safe haven’ could be created at the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a senior PSNI office has warned. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

PSNI assistant chief constable concerned about loss of European arrest warrants

British environment secretary Michael Gove. He said under no-deal there would be zero tariffs on food exports from the Republic to Northern Ireland, while goods travelling from the North to the South could face high tariffs. Photograph: Andy Rain

Minister says no-deal would put North’s farmers at a ‘significant disadvantage’. Farmers warn it would be ‘catastrophic’

The PSNI said on Wednesday it is carrying out inquiries into the 20 second video which is believed to have been filmed in a bar in Belfast. Photograph: iStock

PSNI inquiring into video; Football club apologises for some members’ behavour

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin  join mourners at the funeral of Connor Currie.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cookstown victim remembered as ‘courteous and appreciative young student’

The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken into St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon for his funeral.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Funerals of Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie take place

Det Chief Supt Raymond Murray said police had no reason to apologise to Michael McElhatton for further arresting him on Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply. Photograph: David Young/PA

Investigation into deaths of three teenagers on St Patrick’s night is ‘fast-moving’ and ‘high intensity’

Scene of Jim Donegan shooting in West Belfast Glen Road close to St Mary’s grammar School. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Victim was shot dead as he waited to collect his son from school in west Belfast

Michelle O’Neill: ‘The DUP are at complete odds with the cross-community majority of MLAs and public here, who oppose their reckless Brexit agenda.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin blames ‘toxic’ Tory-DUP relationship for ongoing Stormont stalemate

Michael McElhattan, owner of The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, pictured on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Man ‘de-arrested’ on drugs offence after ‘white powdery substance’ declared ‘innocent’

Students  leave flowers outside The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone following the deaths of three teenagers; Lauren Bullock, Connor Currie and Morgan Barnard at a St Patrick’s Day party.Photograph:: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Children in 12 schools getting ‘psychological first aid’ after deaths in crush outside hotel

Books of condolence have been opened in memory of Morgan Barnard (L), Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie (R) who died following reports of a crush outside a St Patrick’s Day disco.

Men aged 52 and 40 taken for questioning as police appeal for information

Catherine McHugh, principal of St Patrick’s College, Dungannon, pays tribute to   student Lauren Bullock who died at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

‘At one stage there was 10 people, maybe more, on top of each other’

From left, Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie

Bodies piled ‘10 deep’ outside Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown in St Patrick’s night crush

From left, Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie

Lauren Bullock (17) described as ‘a beautiful girl, a shining light in our school community’

From left: Jean Hegarty, sister of Kevin McElhinney, John Wray, brother of James Wray, and Paddy Nash, brother of William Nash, stand for a minute’s silence with other families of those who were killed, ahead of a press conference inside the Guildhall in Derry. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

No politician has managed to grasp this poisonous thorn

Family members of victims of the Bloody Sunday killings walk in procession holding portraits of their killed relatives in Derry  on March 14th. Photograph:  Paul Faith / AFP/Getty Images

North’s Public Prosecution Service explains its decision on Bloody Sunday prosecutions

Fr Edward Daly and others run with an injured man on Bloody Sunday in Derry on January 30th, 1972

Soldier F to be prosecuted for murder, attempted murder – NI Prosecution Service

Bishop Daly was filmed waving a bloody handkerchief on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: RTÉ Archives

13 people were shot dead by British paratroopers in space of 10 minutes

DUP leader Arlene Foster:  “I will be relaying the frustration amongst people . . . about a lack of devolution.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Foster to tell US administration that party is working towards a ‘sensible’ Brexit agreement

Michelle O’Neill: ‘The EU has shown considerable patience and a willingness to facilitate a Brexit agreement that enables Britain to leave the EU without creating a hard border.’ Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says MPs must decide between backstop or no Brexit at all

DUP leader Arlene Foster: she must be apprehensive that some of the party’s core vote is becoming jaundiced and fearful by its obdurate position on the backstop

Perhaps Cox could have merged the legal and the political, and got a lot of people off the hook, including the DUP

John Kelly, whose brother Michael (17) was killed in Derry on Bloody Sunday. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Some want British soldiers to be prosecuted for role in 14 killings in Derry in 1972

Organisations and colleges such as the Confederation of British Industry, the Construction Employers Federation, Queen’s University and Ulster University also are signatories to the letter. Photograph: iStock

Companies including Coca Cola, Norbrook Laboratories write open letter to British MPs

Northern secretary Karen Bradley: John Teggart, whose father Daniel was killed at Ballymurphy, said, “We have one request . . . and that is for her to resign immediately.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

‘She is an insult to women,’ says sister of man killed in 1981 by British soldier’s plastic bullet

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