Some pubs have reopened in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Two further Covid-19-related deaths reported in the North amid easing of restrictions

First Minister Arlene Foster during a press conference at the grounds close to Colebrooke Parish Church in Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin MLA says sorry for hurt but insists she didn’t break coronavirus regulations at funeral

The funeral cortege of Noah Donohoe leaves St Malachy's College in Belfast, where the teenager went to school. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North Belfast had searched for him and then grieved for him. Now they applauded him as his coffin passed

Photograph: Fiona Donohoe pictured with her son Noah. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

Mother’s words when boy’s body found: ‘He poured a lifetime of love into my life in 14 years’

Michelle O’Neill  accepted that what was happening in a photograph taken after the funeral and shared on social media – of herself and two men, one with his arm round her shoulder – “shouldn’t have happened”. Photograph: Handout/PA Wire

‘I stand over that my actions were within the regulations and the public health guidance’

Local historian Ivor Doherty at Bishop’s Gate in Derry. Thirteen of the 20 victims of the fighting in a single week in June 1920 died in this area.

Pools of blood, bodies left for days and looting - why has this painful period been forgotten?

Carmel Dunleavy checks her hair after having it styled in Haircraft Hair & Beauty salon on the High Rd in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Excitement and a little nervousness as hairdressers, hotels, restaurants open their doors

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill:  Ms O’Neill believes Taoiseach Micheál Martin will visit Northern Ireland “over the course of the next number of days”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Lack of northern appointment to Seanad ‘very unfortunate’, Michelle O’Neill says

 Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

No new Covid-19 related deaths but ‘worrying’ new trends as 24 new cases reported

PSNI detectives are seeking to trace the final movements of 14-year-old Noah Donohoe to try to determine why he died.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Family speaks of special bond: ‘He taught his mummy so much. They were each other’s world’

A poster of  Noah Donohoe in a window near where he was last seen alive in north Belfast last weekend. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Police say 14-year-old was found in extensive storm drain, no suggestion of foul play

An appeal has been made for two items of Noah’s clothing - khaki green North Face coat and grey sweat shorts - which have not yet been found by police. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Items recovered in north of city following call from member of public, says superintendent

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths, according to NISRA, is 816. Photograph: iStock

Statistics body records higher number of virus deaths than DoH; weekly deaths have fallen

Before lockdown: One of Belfast’s top restaurants, The Muddlers Club. Photograph: Elaine Hill

Move should help hospitality sector, says Foster, as no new Covid-19 deaths reported

The PSNI believe Noah left his home in South Belfast on Sunday at about 5.30pm.

Hypothesis is that ‘Noah has in some way suffered an injury and is disorientated’ – PSNI

DUP’s Sammy Wilson. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

DUP MP questions Boris Johnson’s plans after producing letter about preparations

Sean Kelly:  convicted of the IRA bombing of Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road in Belfast in 1993, which killed nine people, including two children.

IRA killer Sean Kelly filmed being restrained after apparent row at shopping centre

A further two people tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Latest fatality from the disease brings total deaths to 547, with confirmed cases at 4,873

Northern Ireland’s Victims’ Commissioner Judith Thompson told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that victims and survivors of the Troubles are now faced with legislation ‘driven through Westminster that does little for them’.   File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

NI Affairs committee told unpicking of agreement has led to ‘severe dilution’ of proposals for victims

The North’s health minister, Robin Swann, said it was a “clear indication that Covid-19 is in retreat in Northern Ireland.”  Photograph: iStock

No new cases in Northern Ireland as Covid-19 ‘in retreat’

Richie Keenan in the Hatfield on the Ormeau Road, Belfast: Staff use the pub tables as an office. Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Bar manager Richie Keenan and his team are set for uncertain post-Covid-19 reopening

A file photograph of  Bobby Storey who died on Sunday. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Belfast republican, involved in Maze prison escape, was receiving treatment for an illness

A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Data shows clusters in private houses now at 323 from 241 – an increase of 34% in a week

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “I don’t believe it would be possible or in the national interest to go into another prolonged negotiation process”

Ryan argues the deal is the best one available, and will enable historic progress on climate action

Grainne McIlvar, principal of Ballyhackett Primary School near Castlerock in Co Derry. Photograph: Steven McAuley

All available space to be used but principals raise concerns about accommodating students

Coronavirus pandemic: Belfast remains the worst-affected area in the North, with 234 (29.4%) of virus-related deaths registered in the calendar year to June 12th. File photograph: The Irish Times

Twenty fatalities involving Covid-19 in week ending June 12th, total deaths ‘stand at 802’

Teachers will return to work from August 17th, and are to maintain a 2 metre distance between themselves and pupils. Photograph: iStock

Schools are to plan on the basis of 1m social distancing between pupils, says Foster

The Green Party’s Northern leader, South Belfast MLA Clare Bailey, abstained from the parliamentary party’s vote on the programme for government. Photograph:   Arthur Allison

Less than 200 of 800 party members in Northern Ireland register to vote on coalition deal

A PSNI spokesman said officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. Photograph: iStock

Rescue helicopter from Scotland joins operation near Dunluce Castle in Co Antrim

Anne Blake and Mary Magee share a Belfast black taxi which has been fitted with social distancing screens, payment windows and hand sanitiser as part restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

The community taxi service is back on the city’s streets – but with reduced capacity

Signage is put up to guide shoppers in the Victoria Square shopping centre, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Total number of Covid-19-related deaths recorded by statistics agency now stands at 779

Health minister Robin Swann said the PPE products would only be issued to frontline staff after they are assessed. Photograph: iStock

Consignment of personal protective equipment first such delivery since virus emerged

In the Republic, all travellers arriving from outside the island must fill out a paper form and are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Anyone arriving into Northern Ireland from outside CTA must self-isolate for 14 days

David Crockett and his daughter Rebecca on their farm at Coshquin, which straddles the Border between Derry and Donegal.

David Crockett became well-known figure in media following the Brexit referendum

Robin Swann said the Republic  had “moved without giving us a lot of consultation as to their movements” on the easing of lockdown restrictions. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

No coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland for third day in a row on Tuesday

The North’s economy minister, Diane Dodds, said the Northern Executive had agreed to further relax the coronavirus restrictions provided retailers could adhere to the necessary safety measures and there was no increase in the spread of the virus by Thursday.  File image: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Businesses in Border areas urge Executive to ‘accelerate the reopening’ so they can trade equally

Martin Kelly, consultant respiratory physician at Altnagelvin Area Hospital, near his home in Burnfoot, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Dr Martin Kelly reflects on the struggles and victories in an ‘intense’ experience

Lyra McKee (29) was shot while observing rioting in the Creggan area of Derry in April 2019. Photograph: Jess Lowe

Bomb in lunchbox among weapons discovered near a children’s den in two-day search

Protesters in Derry’s Guildhall Square showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US. Photograph: Freya McClements

PSNI issues ‘significant number’ of fines at Black Lives Matter demonstrations in North

DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson who called on the UK government to “withdraw these regulations, respect the fact that devolution has been restored”. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson called in House of Commons for regulations to be withdrawn

The North’s Minister of Justice, Naomi Long, has said her department is willing to administer the scheme. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Disagreement over who should pay for scheme is not causing delay, says Northern Secretary

 Northern Ireland’s first minister Arlene Foster, health minister Robin Swann and deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill during the daily media broadcast at Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Anyone arriving into North from outside the Common Travel Area must self-isolate for 14-days

A protester shows a picture of George Floyd from her phone to a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate near the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Response should be to eliminate racism and inequality everywhere, Higgins says

Vogue, July edtition: Rachel Millar (24) from Cookstown –  ‘Everyone that was working on shift that day got a portrait taken’

Rachel Millar (24) chosen by fashion glossy as it celebrates frontline workers

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robert Swann: said co-ordination between the two jurisdictions was being worked on by the Executive office in the North and by the Taoiseach’s office.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA WireN

NI health minister insists same rules will apply to anyone arriving on island of Ireland

 Supporters attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Monday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Event organisers say the rally has been set aside amid fears of Garda prosecution

In open letter to Boris Johnson, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Judith Thompson said the legislation to set up the scheme must be implemented ‘immediately’.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Northern Executive and UK government deadlocked over who should pay £100m cost

Royal Portrush Golf Club: Last year, the Open delivered a £100 million boost to the North’s economy. Photograph: Stuart Franklin

NI clubs look to domestic market, as 80% of golfers come from abroad

Nature has taken advantage of the  absence of  visitors at the Giant’s Causeway.

Absence of visitors lets us see what places look like when nature is left largely alone

Harry McKeaveney from The Hatfield House bar, Belfast, wearing PPE as he delivers pints of Guinness. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty/AFP

Hatfield House suspended service after PSNI said it did not comply with licensing laws

An adaditional 1,083 people were tested in the last 24 hour period. Seventeen tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,696. Photograph: iStock

New statistics show care home residents account for more than half of region’s Covid-19 deaths

Gerry Jones, Neil Blaney and John Kelly (right) during the Arms Trial in Dublin in 1970

Unionist politicians say the Republic should give full account of its role during conflict

Minister for the cabinet office Michael Gove was giving evidence to the House of Commons committee on the future relationship with the EU, alongside Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost: Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

No pushback from EU on British government interpretation of protocol, minister tells MPs

Medical staff in the respiratory emergency department at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of fines for breaches of social distancing guidelines drops by 90%

A number of elderly residents were moved out of Clifton Nursing Home in Belfast on Friday due to “ongoing concerns”. Photograph: Google Streetview

Governance concerns were raised after nine people living at Clifton Nursing Home died

Private Patrick Kelly, who was killed by the IRA as he searched for the kidnapped businessman Don Tidey in Co Leitrim in 1983. Image courtesy Kelly family.

David Kelly wants Sinn Féin leader to accept publicly that his father was murdered

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Mary Lou McDonald has said the IRA’s campaign was “justified” and, had she been older, there was “every chance” she would have joined.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald’s backing of IRA campaign ‘retraumatising’, David Kelly says

Nurses change bed clothes at the Mater Hospital Covid-19 recovery ward in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Further 25 positive tests for coronavirus in Northern Ireland

First minister Arlene Foster (left) and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill walk together as they arrive at Stormont. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

SF’s Michelle O’Neill also says response has brought parties ‘closer together’

Sixteen-year-old naturalist Dara McAnulty. Photograph: Elaine Hill

In Diary of a Young Naturalist the teenager tells of his struggles and devotion to nature

Emma DeSouza with her husband, Jake. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

The Derry woman who took on the British government never meant to be an activist

People on Henry Street in Dublin’s city centre on Friday as restrictions put in place due to  the coronavirus pandemic have been eased. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ministers discuss stringent measures including 14-day stay at ‘designated facility’

NI First Minister Arlene Foster said the Executive was ‘committed to delivering this pension’. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PressEye/PA Wire

Campaigners take first step towards legal action against Executive over scheme delays

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster urged the public not to try to pre-empt the lifting of  Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Arlene Foster describes exemption as a ‘generous move by the UK government’

NPHET members Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain at the Covid-19 press conference on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Further 11 patients with Covid-19 die in Republic bringing death toll to 1,592

It is the fourth week that there have been more deaths in care homes than in hospitals in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Data released by Northern Ireland’s Statistics and Research Agency reveal trend in fatalities

Fr Michael Canny at the door of St Columb’s Church in the Waterside,  Derry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Priest describes funeral Mass on Easter Sunday with only two mourners. ‘That was exceptionally sad’

Members of the PSNI Covid-19 unit at Musgrave Street, Belfast. Photograph: PA

Seven more Covid-19 deaths were reported in in the North, bringing the total to 489

A woman walks past shuttered businesses in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Number claiming job related benefits rose to 56,200, up 89 per cent over previous month

The European Commission’s office in Belfast closed at the end of January when the UK left the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers find Northern Ireland faces ‘serious democratic deficit’ due to Brexit

Three brothers, (from left) Bosco, Gerard and Charlie Kelly from Derry tee off on the 12th hole at  North West GC,  Lisfannon, Co Donegal. Photograph:  Joe Dunne

North West members delighted to be back on the fairways in Lisfannon, Co Donegal

A  mural supporting the NHS near the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Six further deaths and 16 more cases recorded in Northern Ireland

Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast where a man was shot on Sunday evening, dying at the scene. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Dissident republican motive is ‘one of the lines of inquiry’, say police

10 questions to test your literary knowledge

Welcome to The Irish Times book quiz: 10 questions to test your literary knowledge

Seventy-one people with coronavirus died in care homes in the North in a single week, new figures show. Photograph: The Irish Times/ File photo

NI Department of Health announces a further five Covi-19 deaths bringing total to 427

Aer Lingus said it had conducted a review of the route. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Move comes after pictures emerged of almost full flight with no apparent social distancing

Tánaiste Simon Coveney defended the Government’s approach to the issues. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

‘We need to tackle [this disease] on an all-island basis’ says North’s Deputy First Minister

John Dallat (left) with Colum Eastwood, SDLP leader. Photograph: SDLP

John Hume says Coleraine mayor did not flinch 'in doing right for his community'

A family walk past a mural in Belfast’s Ardoyne area  paying tribute to key workers who have been responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire.

Chief medical officer says he is ‘reluctant’ to put in an ‘artifical timetable’ in place

PSNI said they were aware of footage that had emerged on social media over the weekend. Photograph: Stephen Davison/PSNI/PA Wire

Footage appears to show Sean Kelly being restrained during incident in North Belfast

An almost deserted O’Connell Street in Dublin on April 22nd. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Total of 125 outbreaks of Covid-19 reported in private houses

An additional 69 patients tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Hospital death toll for disease reaches 387, as total cases increase by 69 to 3,836 in North

Speaking at the Northern Ireland Executive’s daily media briefing on Friday, Michelle O’Neill said they had “talked about exit and recovery and how we can move at similar times given that the disease is obviously spreading at a similar way across the island.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Arlene Foster: ‘It’s not just about north-south but also about east-west’

Geraldine Donohoe of Oak View Nursing Home, Belturbet, Co Cavan. ‘We have had no new symptoms since the 20th, so please God we’re getting there,’ she says.  Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Two residents died, but nine others who tested positive are now getting better

The RHI scheme was set up in 2012 to encourage businesses in Northern Ireland to switch from fossil fuels to renewable heat sources, but a failure to include a cap on subsidies meant that participants earned £1.60 for every £1 they spent. File photograph: PA Images

Renewable Heat Incentive scheme: Minister responds to report which said many respondents suffered

Paula Stuart, principal of Belfast Model School for Girls in Belfast,  with a consignment of laptops  which have been donated to disadvantaged children. Photograph:  Stephen Davison

‘This is about equality of access and equality of opportunity’

The North’s Minister for Health says he is  reluctant to put a timetable on the steps needed to emerge from lockdown. Photograph: Reuters

Five more Covid-19 fatalities in North takes death toll to 299

Family and friends pay tribute as bells rang out at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, Co Tyrone,  in memory of local nurse Pat McManus, who died with Covid-19.

Pat McManus (60) believed to be first NI healthcare worker to have died of disease contracted through job

Dr Michael McBride, the North’s Chief Medical Officer, said  contact tracing would be expanded into a four-week training programme involving 300-600 staff. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

A pilot contact tracing scheme to begin early next week

A total of 689 people who are either confirmed or suspected to have coronavirus are currently being treated in hospitals in Northern Ireland, with 37 patients in intensive care.  Photograph: Marijan Murat/dpa/AFP via Getty

Some 263 have died in hospital setting in region as confirmed cases reach 3,016

The scene at Haywood Avenue in south Belfast close to a flat where a 39-year-old woman’s body was found in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Emma Jane McParland (39) died from her injuries after she was stabbed on Wednesday

Robin Swann: he says any decision to exit the lockdown will take account of the all-island position, but will be based on “the science that is applicable to Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Getty Images

SDLP and Alliance Party have both raised the need for a co-ordinated approach on the island of Ireland

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals in Northern Ireland has risen to 250. Photograph: Danny Lawson/Getty/AFP

Total includes eight deaths on Tuesday and an additional 26 from previous days

The scene at Haywood Avenue in south Belfast close to a flat where a 39-year-old woman’s body was found in the early hours of Wednesday. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Police called to Haywood Avenue property where 39-year-old’s body discovered

First Minister Arlene Foster at  Dougan Contracts in Bangor where staff are producing Covid-19 masks: “Now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal.”  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Fatality toll reaches 216 as Stormont divided over calls to reopen council-run cemeteries

University Challenge winners: Freya McClements with her Magdalen College team-mates Dave Cox, Matt Holdcroft and Josh Spero. Photograph: BBC

Our Northern Correspondent on lifting the trophy herself as the winning captain

Jonathan Bardon wrote and presented many radio programmes, including the BBC series, and accompanying book, A History of Ireland in 250 episodes. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prolific writer lauded for groundbreaking scholarly ability ‘that brought history to life’

Anne Cadwallader talks to her husband, Gerry O’Hare, from outside the window of his room in Fruithill Nursing Home in Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Davison

As troubles mount in the North’s nursing homes, families and carers feel the strain

More articles