Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald giving her keynote speech during her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sense that O’Dowd displayed unwarranted effrontery in tilting at deputy leader O’Neill

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald delivers her keynote speech on the final day of the 2019 Sinn Féin ardfheis in Derry on Saturday night. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images.

Sinn Féin leader demands that the Government hold Border poll in the next five years

Books, pamphlets and pictures are seen for sale at Sinn Fein’s ardfheis in Derry. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Conference rejects motion that SF would ‘only enter a coalition as the largest party’

Little is known of how Michelle O’Neill and John O’Dowd differ on Sinn Féin policy. Photographs: Tom Honan, Charles McQuillan/Getty

No public debate and precious little sign of an internal one involving two contenders

There is a ‘non-stop conversation’ under way across the island on a united Ireland, Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said at her party’s ardfheis in Derry on Friday night. File photograph: Alan Betson

Republicans facing into ‘decade of opportunity’, Sinn Féin ardfheis in Derry hears

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Northern Secretary Julian Smith at the British-Irish Council meeting at Farmleigh in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary says such an election would make ‘a failure of every politician’ in North

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre left) sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (centre right), North Belfast candidate John Finucane  and Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate Michelle Gildernew at   Sinn Féin’s Westminster election launch on Monday in Belfast. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader accuses Sinn Féin of operating on ‘mandate to do nothing’

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Coveney says there must ‘no amnesty for anyone who committed crimes’ in North

Leo Varadkar lays wreath at Enniskillen memorial. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Taoiseach lays wreath at commemoration on 32nd anniversary of Fermanagh bombing

Eamonn Mallie and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar talking about the  journalist’s poetry collection, Under The Tilley Lamp.

Journalist’s first collection ‘anchored’ in his upbringing in south Armagh

Steve Aiken makes speaking to Ulster Unionist Party colleagues at the Hilton Hotel in Templepatrick, Co Antrim on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Steve Aiken: Northern Ireland must either ‘leave as one or remain as one’

Over three quarters of participants reported drinking coffee and compared to those who did not drink coffee, drinkers were more likely to be older, male, from less deprived areas and have higher education levels. Photograph: iStock

Study took place in Britain, NI and looked at coffee-drinking habits of 471,779 participants

Boris Johnson checks a potato with quality control staff during a general election campaign visit to the Tayto Castle crisp factory in Co Armagh. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP via Getty

On a visit to Tandragee, the UK prime minister speaks of ‘good relations’ with DUP

  Lady Sylvia Hermon has announced that she is not to seek re-election in North Down, a seat she has held for 18 years. File photograph: Stephen Davison

DUP MP David Simpson apologises for affair and says he will not contest election

Kevin Lunney: ‘I gave up a few times but then came back again, thought about the kids and thought about Bronagh.’ Photograph: BBC Spotlight

Quinn Industrial Holdings executive reveals to BBC extent of cruelty he faced

Kevin Lunney: ‘I felt that I was going to die on the road.’ Photograph: BBC Spotlight

Assailants told businessman they had to ‘mark’ him in attack to make him remember

A still from the BBC Spotlight interview with Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney, who was abducted from outside his Co Fermanagh home last month and tortured before being dumped on a road in Co Cavan. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

BBC interview to be broadcast just hours after meeting between QIH and Garda chief

Francie McGuigan and Liam Shannon, two of the Hooded Men. ‘History has proven me right,’ Mr McGuigan recalls in the documentary, which is to be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday

New TG4 documentary examines how men were subjected to ‘five techniques’ method of interrogation

John Keenan, from North Belfast, thinks politically Northern Ireland ‘is a big black hole’. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Voters seem more anxious to reinstate powersharing than to send MPs to Westminster

Arlene Foster,   DUP leader, party deputy leader, Nigel Dodds  and MP Jeffrey Donaldson. File photo. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty

Incoming UUP leader Steve Aiken under increasing pressure to strike deal with DUP

Photograph by Trevor Dickson: The police station on Lisburn Road was bombed on December 16th 1986. I noticed the houses across the road had been badly damaged and spotted a mirror on the lawn of one of them. It amazed me that it hadn’t been damaged and an idea came into my head right away. I propped the mirror against what was left of their garden pillar. I always tried to make something a little bit different, rather than the usual point and shoot

‘You can’t see what we’ve seen without it having an impact on you,’ says Alan Lewis

Probably the biggest threat for the DUP is in South Belfast, where Emma Little-Pengelly is the MP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Voters get to voice views on Brexit and the union, with DUP under most severe pressure

Children of  Jean McConville (back row) Archie, James, and  (front row) Michael, Susie and Thomas  at the Wave trauma centre in Belfast, following a court case into their mother’s murder. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

It is important for the family to show that their mother Jean was not an informant

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, Prof Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast and Cllr John Finucane at the launch of their paper on the role of the EU in Irish unity. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker

The 50 per cent plus one rule must apply in any poll on unity, says Queen’s law professor

DUP leader Arlene Foster: ‘As unionists, it is in our long-term strategic interests to ensure that everyone, regardless of their culture, feels at home in Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Analysis: Party members sure of Johnson’s need for them to support Brexit deal in parliament

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking at the party’s annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Party leader tells conference DUP is open to doing a deal on the Irish language

DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly said Jeremy Corbyn posed an existential threat to the union. Photograph: Getty Images

Too often DUP has played into its ‘enemies’ hands’, says Emma Little-Pengelly

Arlene Foster and her DUP MLAs leaving the chamber of Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast on Monday as an attempt to restore devolution to Northern Ireland fails. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP annual conference: Time to get out the woolly hats for winter election canvassing?

Catholic bishops in the North have said Monday was ‘a tragic day for the unborn child’ after abortion was decriminalised. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Catholic bishops say Stormont could have prevented ‘draconian’ Westminster legislation

Pro-choice supporters in Belfast stage a demonstration to highlight the 21 women a week on average who are forced to travel for an abortion. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Doctor says abortion services not deregulated and abortions up to 28 weeks not allowed

Pro-choice supporters at Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Legislation due by end of March 2020 but the situation in the meantime is uncertain

A TV screen replays images of DUP leader Arlene Foster attending a special sitting of Northern Ireland’s devolved parliament. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

No abortion debate after proceedings fall at first hurdle: election of a speaker

Arlene Foster said the DUP would ‘take every possible legal option open to us’ to prevent the legalisation of abortion in the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vote on new Assembly speaker fails to take place after Sinn Féin and SDLP boycott vote

File photograph of Ivor Bell. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge dismisses recordings and directs jury to find Bell not guilty of soliciting murder

File photograph of writer Ed Moloney. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Judge John O’Hara says taped confession was ‘improperly and dishonestly induced’

Mother of 10 Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered in 1972.

Jean McConville, the Boston tapes, Ivor Bell and Pat McClure

Jean McConville, Ivor Bell and Gerry Adams. Irish Times photomontage

Long read: Tapes which implicated Gerry Adams deemed inadmissible in Belfast trial

Ivor Bell who was on Thursday found not guilty of soliciting the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge directs jury to not guilty verdict: ‘You cannot find him to have done the acts alleged’

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Party’s objections to ‘double customs’ idea presents hurdle to Boris Johnson

The street in Omagh that was bombed in 1998: a new film calls for  greater support for trauma and mental health services in the North Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The Quiet Shuffling of Feet examines trauma and mental health in Northern Ireland

Police recounted how the boy had to run for help from neighbours after his father was shot in both ankles. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Boy who had to run to neighbours for help ‘traumatised’ by attack, say PSNI

Photograph released to help identify killer

PSNI officer appeals for public to assist in finding those behind ‘chilling’ murder

A loyalist mural on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, as leaders of the UDA confirmed it had decommissioned all weapons under its control

Gary McMichael and Billy Huthinson feel the role of loyalist leaders has been overlooked

Peter Watterson, Philip Rafferty and Siobhan McCabe, from the book Children of the Troubles,  by Joe Duffy and Freya McClements

Authors Joe Duffy and Freya McClements claim 186 children under 16 died in conflict

Former SDLP leader Margaret Richie described the House of Lords in 2012 as an ‘anachronistic institution’.  Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Margaret Ritchie: ‘I will be reflecting the views of the party in that chamber’

Raymond McCord outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

One of applicants was high-profile victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord

DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds exit 10 Downing Street following meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

DUP knows a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for party and for Northern Ireland

 Emma DeSouza and her husband Jake at Belfast High Court on Tuesday. Ms DeSouza applied for a residence card for her US-born husband Jake using her Irish passport in December 2015 which the British Home Office rejected, saying she was British.   Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Lawyer in Emma DeSouza’s case says Belfast Agreement does not overrule British Nationality Act

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit  shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson speaking following the announcement of the result of a vote on his motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty

PM pledges in Dublin to strive for deal as British parliament wary of legal compliance

An additional £1.35 million is being provided this year for suicide-prevention services in the North. Photograph: iStock

Suicide levels in North double that of Republic

Police at  Creggan Heights, Derry, on Monday after residents were evacuated when a suspicious device was found in a house. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Number of homes evacuated after suspicious device found in Creggan Heights area

Arlene Foster said the DUP will continue to work with the British Government and will also use any discussions with the Taoiseach to encourage efforts towards a sensible deal. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

‘I hope the discussions in Dublin lay the foundation for a way forward’ - DUP leader

Ian Paisley. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Programme shows clips of Martin McGuinness preparing bomb used in Derry attack

Chief Constable Simon Byrne: “The use of paramilitary attacks, beatings, breaking people’s legs, other limbs, in the name of the rule of law, is just odious.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘If you have a gun… why would I think you are safe in the presence of young children?’

Varadkar accused of not being interested in listening to unionists over Brexit

It wasn’t until the 1980s that Gerry Adams (above) and Martin McGuinness began driving forward the policy of the Armalite and the ballot box. Photograph: Pat Langan

When Troubles started in 1969, only Unionist Party had power in Northern Ireland

Ciaran McKeown attends  the Ulster Peace Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in November 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Campaigner left job in journalism to work for peace in Northern Ireland

Michelle O’Neill: ‘I will ask the party membership to endorse my record by re-electing me.’  Photograph: Getty

Michelle O’Neill makes clear she will defend her position

(From left)  Lord Empey, Robin Swann and Steve Aiken of the Ulster Unionist Party outside Stormont Parliment buildings. Photograph: PA

Party wants UK commitment to indemnify the EU against single market infractions

Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Northern politicians now have a significant chance to restore Stormont

Allegations latest in series of reports of historic child sex abuse in Fermanagh

Above, earlier this year, a minute of silence for the victims of Bloody Sunday was observed during a news conference after the announcement of the decision whether to charge soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday events, in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Statement critical of Kate Nash whose brother was killed in Derry in 1972

A police road block close to the scene where an explosive device was detonated at Wattle Bridge close to Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh earlier this month. Photograph: PA

Suspected ammunition seized by PSNI terrorism investigation unit

Sinn Féin welcomed the funding from the late William Hampton, who was registered as an elector in the UK. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Bequest is believed to be largest private donation to political party in Northern Ireland

A file image from 1994 of  then Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (right) and Martin McGuinness.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Adams and McGuinness met IRA army council three times to discuss cessation

Conor Murphy: ‘seven more bums’ on a bench in Westminster would not make an impact. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

‘Nonsense’ to propose seven MPs should be in House ‘as impotent as the rest of MPs’, party says

The PSNI said  that police inquiries were continuing.

23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and drug possession

Arlene Foster welcomed the move to suspend the UK parliament. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

SDLP leader describes British prime minister’s move as action of ‘tin-pot dictator’

Twenty staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital suspended to date

Spectators are tended to after a lightning strike on the East Lake Golf Club course left several injured during the Tour Championship, in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Photograph: AP Photo/John Amis

Ryan Murphy was struck while following Rory McIlory at Atlanta golf course

A police roadblock close to the scene near Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, where a device was detonated on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

PSNI detains men over bomb incidents believed to be connected to Continuity IRA

The PSNI says they have received a report of fraud and enquiries are continuing.

Sum involved reported to be in the region of £200,000, according to newspaper report

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I think the letter that the prime minister has sent to President Tusk explains very clearly why the backstop cannot be entered into.” Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Boris Johnson letter to EU president terms backstop ‘unviable’ and ‘anti-democratic’

PSNI Spt Lorraine Dobson: ‘This was not a sign of respect. This was a criminal act with no regard for the wider wishes of lawabiding people.’ Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Incident happened at funeral of former IRA man convicted over corporals’ murder

Forensics examining the scene outside a petrol station in Co Down where a murder investigation has begun. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Killing may be linked to gangland drugs feud in the Lurgan-Portadown-Banbridge area

PSNI deputy chief constable Stephen Martin said the incident was a deliberate attempt to kill police officers and soldiers from a British army bomb disposal unit. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Senior officer says dissident republicans were behind the assault close to the Border

Stephen Martin, PSNI deputy chief constable: said  the uncertainty around the UK quitting the European Union was causing difficulty. Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Police and a British army bomb disposal team enticed to the area with a hoax device

Both leaders spoke by phone in the waeke of the incident. Photographs: Liam McBurney/PA Wire and Peter Nicholls/PA Wire

Taoiseach, PM reiterate ‘desire to see the Northern Ireland political institutions reinstated’

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

There are troubling parallels between conditions 50 years ago and the situation now

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson: A meeting between the two leaders is not expected until after the next G7 summit. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Government insists withdrawal agreement and backstop not up for negotiation

Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is due to meet French leader Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Donald Trump this month. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

There is speculation UK prime minister may be planning snap election, after G7 summit

British cabinet secretary Michael Gove speaks with Clare Guinness, chief executive officer of Warrenpoint Harbour on a visit to the Border. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

British cabinet secretary make comments on two-day visit to Northern Ireland

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaks to the media last month. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill also joins condemnation

Huts at Long Kesh internment camp back in 1971

Operation Demetrius began at the height of the Troubles

The New Lodge bonfire in Belfast which police were attempting to help contractors dismantle. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Three officers injured and 13-year-old arrested during standoff over anti-internment event

Daniel Holder of civil liberties group Committee on the Administration of Justice: asylum seekers and welfare recipients have a ‘right to a private life’

Human rights panel in Belfast hears calls for appointment of covert policing commissioner

Although Leo Varadkar invited Boris Johnson to Dublin during an initial phone call between the pair last week, Mr Johnson did not immediately take up the offer. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Paschal Donohoe confirms Taoiseach’s and PM’s offices in contact during BBC interview

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald during the West Belfast Féile an Phobail leaders’ debate. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Taoiseach refuses to play Brexit ‘blame game’ during Féile an Phobail debate in Belfast

File photograph of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Speaking in Belfast, Taoiseach says withdrawal agreement closed but still room for talks

Employees of Harland and  Wolff with Labour shadow chancellor, John McDonnell at the gates of the Belfast shipyard. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Labour shadow chancellor calls on Boris Johnson to take action to save the shipyard

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson she had a message for Boris Johnson: “You will not be closing our roads. You will not be blocking our bridges.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

DUP and Alliance accuse Martina Anderson of revisionism and ‘hyperbolic rhetoric’

‘We are urging people to always use a condom,’ said PHA doctor, Claire Neill. File photograph

Doctor warns of risk of antibiotic resistance in treatment of gonorrhoea in particular

There were 81 ‘punishment attacks’ in Northern Ireland between June 2018 and June 2019.  File photograph: PA Wire

One ‘paramilitary-style’ shooting or beating every four days, figures show

Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Ex-PSNI chief speaks out on the Troubles and the failures of historical investigations

PSNI Supt Melanie Jones: ‘This reckless, criminal behaviour poses an unacceptable danger to members of the public, police officers and indeed those who are engaged in this activity.’ Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Senior officer appeals to parents to keep their children away from anti-social behaviour

Boris Johnson declined to talk to the press. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

PM’s visit offers no clarity over North’s burning issues: Brexit and Stormont

Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith (left) and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson arrive at Stormont House, Belfast for talks on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Foster urges Taoiseach to ‘dial down the rhetoric’ as PM proclaims ‘complete impartiality’

Harland & Wolff workers and supporters during a rally to save the Belfast shipyard on the eve of new British prime minister Boris Johnson’s visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Belfast firm's employees urge response from London as they battle to save their shipyard

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Matthew Horwood/Getty

New British prime minister to meet five main parties at Stormont

Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State Julian Smith in Derry for his first visit to the region since his appointment. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New NI Secretary of State Julian Smith more ‘clued-in’ than Bradley, say party sources

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