DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson  said the UK government must now live up to UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s statement. File photograph:  James Forde for The Irish Times

UK prime minister’s post-Brexit promise a challenge to deliver, DUP’s Donaldson says

Deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill (left) and first minister Arlene Foster are pictured at Stormont. Their parties, Sinn Féin and the DUP, are seeking to reject a £1,000 pay rise given to Assembly members. File photograph: EPA.

MLAs given £1,000 increase just weeks after three year Stormont hiatus ended

PSNI officers raiding a property as part of one of the investigation into money laundering operations in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

Fifteen properties searched by police as part of investigation into £215m laundering scam

Members of the recently restored North Ireland Assembly are to receive a pay rise of £1,000. Photograph: EPA/Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.

MLAs, recently back at Stormont after three year hiatus, benefitting from 2016 measure

The revised measures make clear that Ministers are responsible for the management, conduct and discipline of their special advisers. Photograph: Getty Images

Revised policy agreed by the Executive includes measures to improve transparency and accountability

A Stormont official watches proceedings in the Northern Ireland Assembly Chamber on a television in the Great Hall at Stormont Buildings. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Decision by Northern Ireland’s MLAs will not affect UK’s departure from EU at end of month

The North’s Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin had previously led the force’s operations against paramilitary groups Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Tributes paid to Stephen Martin who has served in North’s police force for 34 years

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader Michelle O’Neill  and party colleagues in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DUP, Sinn Féin give their backing to the British and Irish governments’ deal

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media in Stormont on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mixed reaction from Irish language groups to commitment to legislation

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin (centre) and other members of Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Conradh na Gaeilge hails ‘historic advancement’ but says proposals fall short

Tanáiste Simon Coveney (left) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, issue a statement outside Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast on Thursday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP and Sinn Féin have given their backing to the British and Irish governments’ deal

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith issue a statement outside  Stormont on Thursday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP’s Foster says agreement presents basis to re-establish Assembly

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (right) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith address the media outside Stormont on Thursday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Following hours of frustration and confusion, North’s parties emerge with agreement

SNP MP Hannah Bardell and Lord Ken Maginnis. He was quoted as saying: ‘Queers like Ms Bardell don’t particularly annoy me. Okay, she’s got her cheap publicity out of it.’ Photographs: Antony Jones/Getty Images for Diva Magazine and Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hannah Bardell claims authorities treating Ulster peer’s comment as possible hate crime

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith outside Stormont parliament buildings in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Agreement is ‘filled with compromises’ but is ‘fair, balanced and inclusive’,Tánaiste says

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith focused talks on Wednesday night on persuading the DUP and Sinn Féin to sign up to an agreement. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

Negotiations took place on Wednesday against the backdrop of a 12-hour strike by nurses

Aidan McAnespie had been on his way to Aghaloo GAA grounds to watch a football match when he was killed.

Aidan McAnespie shot dead as he walked through British army checkpoint in 1988

The policy will set out the guidelines for members of staff and managers on providing the right support to manage menopausal symptoms at work. Photograph:  iStock

Policy hopes staff can ‘openly and comfortably’ discuss menopause and seek support

On Christmas Day PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne tweeted that it ‘was great to meet the team policing Crossmaglen’. File photograph: PA

Simon Byrne contrite over group shot with heavily armed officers outside police station

A 13-year-old male pupil has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently in police custody.

Victim taken to Belfast hospital with non life-threatening injuries

PSNI has asked witnesses to come forward concerning the death of Glen Quinn.

Police say spreading rumour and speculation about death is unhelpful

Then mayor of Derry,  Brenda Stevenson, welcomes   Dr James Mehaffey (left), retired Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and Dr Edward Daly, retired Catholic bishop of Derry, to the Guildhall  in March 2015 to receive the  Freedom of the City of Derry for their cross-community leadership during the Troubles. File photograph: Lorcan Doherty Photography

Bishop and Catholic counterpart awarded Freedom of Derry for leadership during Troubles

A view of the Hands Across The Divide sculpture in Derry, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Mary Turner/Bloomberg

Peace Plus scheme could be worth over €600m for the North and six counties in Republic

The PSNI has asked anyone with information to contact their investigation team. Photograph: Stephen Barnes/Alamy News/iStock

Force believes ‘organised criminal elements’ involved in incident in Kesh, Co Fermanagh

The DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Emma Little Pengelly meet with Northern  Secretary Julian Smith  at Stormont House, Belfast. Photograph: Presseye/PA Wire

Simon Coveney promises cash injection to support a reinstated Northern Assembly

The PSNI are keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind the attack.

PSNI condemn assailant as an individual with ‘death and destruction on their mind’

Senior Sinn Féin negotiator Conor Murphy speaking to the media in the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Coveney says parties are ‘running out of time’ ahead of January 13th deadline

Principal of Ballyhackett Primary School  Gráinne McIlvar with teacher Kathleen McGinley and pupils. Photograph: Steven McAuley

Moving from Catholic maintained to integrated status may be key to keeping doors open

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government are to resume at Stormont on Thursday. Stock photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Negotiations to begin at Stormont in effort to reach accord and avert Assembly elections

A  plainclothes PSNI officer watches two uniformed  officers at Belfast Europa Buscentre  during a  police patrol to spot suspicious activity. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Project Servator uses non-uniformed officers who watch people’s behavior when they see police

Fifty-four people died on North’s roads in 2019, according to provisional figures

The scene of a fatal crash near Maghera, Co Derry, where a 19-year-old man was killed. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Driver of other car and two teenage passengers taken to hospital for treatment

Simon Coveney: he said a Border poll in the immediate future would lead to “fear and anxiety and stress”

Tánaiste cautions against immediate Border poll against backdrop of Brexit and efforts to restore Stormont assembly

 The PSNI urged everyone to ensure they have a working smoke alarm in their homes. File photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

PSNI not treating blaze at Clarawood Park on Saturday evening as suspicious

 Lyra McKee:  was shot dead  during riots in the Creggan area of Derry in April. PSNI/AFP/Getty Images

‘I don’t want to see anybody else go through what we’ve had to’

Lyra McKee: the 29-year-old journalist was shot dead in Derry in April 2019. Photograph: PA/Jess Lowe

Investigators make further appeal for witnesses to murder of journalist in Derry

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PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne poses with armed officers at Crossmaglen station

The PSNI said the vehicle was later recovered at the Brownlow Hub area of Craigavon. File photograph: PA

Attacker menaced driver and took his mobile phone before driving off in the vehicle

 Sam McBride with his book Burned,  at Stormont Parliament Buildings in October. The public inquiry is due to report next year. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

‘Burned’, Sam McBride’s book, investigates the Renewable Heating Initiative controversy

Joint statement: The leaders of Ireland’s main churches (left to right) Rev Sam McGuffin, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Dr William Henry,  Dr Richard Clarke,  Rev Brian Anderson.

Joint statement describes ‘growing sense of despair in our politics’

Four masked persons, who he believed had been armed with a knife and a handgun, forcefully entered a property on Lansdowne Road at about 9.30pm on Sunday, December 15th. File photograph: PA Wire

Officers stop cars, carry out house-to-house enquiries in Lansdowne Road area

Northern Secretary Julian Smith:  he and Simon Coveney have indicated that efforts to strike a deal will resume after Christmas. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Secretary Julian Smith and Tánaiste Simon Coveney blame party for scuppering deal before Christmas

Mi5 Headquarters in London. Two of Britain’s most senior legal figures have ruled for the first time that a secret MI5 policy which allows British security service agents to commit serious crimes is unlawful. Image: iStock.

Northern Ireland-based Pat Finucane Centre took legal challenge against the British government

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith met the DUP on Friday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Julian Smith ‘confident’ talks on the restoration of powersharing can move forward

Handout photo of Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith at Stormont in Belfast as he hosted a summit to urge Stormont’s leaders to make a series of commitments to tackle Northern Ireland’s spiralling health service crisis. Photograph: Pacemaker/PA Wire

Julian Smith says he did not want to get into a ‘blame game’ with political parties

The report on major capital projects considered seven infrastructure developments, with a combined five-year budget of more than £1 billion, which were identified by the North’s Executive in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Alternative models should be ‘fully explored as a matter of priority’ says comptroller

Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen (centre) joins the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast as nurses across Northern Ireland take part in a 12-hour strike over pay on Wednesday. Photograph:    Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Unions say staffing levels are unsafe with about 2,800 vacancies in nursing

Sweet thing: Santa delivers sweets to nurses on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

NI’s politicians must grapple with health but Stormont has been sidelined for nearly three years

Cancer nurses Iona McCormack (left) and Edel Coulter outside  Belfast City Hospital as nurses across Northern Ireland took part in a 12-hour strike over pay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Public support healthcare workers by sounding car horns and offering hot drinks and food

Not a single human rights concern has been effectively resolved in the North, the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission NIHRC), Les Allamby, has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Issues should be dealt with by UK government if Stormont does not resume – NIHRC

Northern Secretary Julian Smith had previously ruled out seeking additional funding for healthcare from the British government. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

About 9,000 nurses to stage 12-hour stoppage on Wednesday over pay and staffing

A lorry passes an anti-Brexit billboard seen on the Dublin-Newry road last October. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Survey describes feeling of ‘ voicelessness which exacerbates the sense of anxiety’

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the PSNI should be ‘in Roman Catholic schools... to tell young people how much of a good career it is for them’. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

DUP leader said policy of equal recruitment to police was not ‘the way to do it’

Colum Eastwood and Clare Hannah of the SDLP with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith arriving for talks to restore the Northern Ireland powersharing executive at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

All sides agree it will take political will to see Stormont restored

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Secretary Julian Smith  shake hands outside Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Talks involving North’s main parties aimed at restoring power-sharing get underway in Belfast

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and his wife Rachel arrive at Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt in Co Derry as counting begins. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Postmortems will be under way in Sinn Féin camp as party shaken by scale of defeat

Stephen Farry and Naomi Long of the Alliance Party celebrate after Farry won the North Down seat in the Westminster election. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Westminster results confirm Alliance as the third party in an evolving political landscape

Mickey Brady of Sinn Féin saw his majority drop from more than 12,000 in 2017 to just over 9,000 this time around, but  his victory was never in doubt. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin MP says Brexit is a nonrunner and ‘Remain parties are in the ascendancy’

The DUP’s Paul Girvan was re-elected for South Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Constituency that has swung back and forth between parties gives Girvan 2,000-vote win

Ian Paisley jnr speaks to the media after his re-election as MP for North Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

MP wins with majority of more than 12,000 in constituency held by a Paisley since 1970

Carla Lockhart of the DUP after being elected MP for Upper Bann. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

MLA replaces David Simpson, who decided not to run again after extramarital affair

Jeffrey Donaldson celebrates his re-election as MP for Lagan Valley. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Veteran DUP MP backs power-sharing talks after seeing off Alliance Party challenge

The DUP’s Gregory Campbell celebrates his re-election in East Derry with his wife. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Outspoken MP wins by 9,627 votes as SDLP leapfrogs Sinn Féin to take second place

Sinn Féin’s Francie Molloy during the count at Meadowbank Sports Arena last night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Veteran politician beats DUP by almost 10,000 votes even as share of poll slips

Sinn Féin candidate for West Tyrone Orfhlaith Begley  with party colleague Pearse Doherty  after winning the West Tyrone constituency. Photograph:  PA

DUP remains the biggest party in North but holds fewer seats than Sinn Féin and SDLP

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood is elected MP for Foyle at the count in Magherafelt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leader of nationalist party says vote could signal revival of SDLP in Northern politics

The man is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with Jonathan Cairns’s murder since police launched a fresh appeal for information on the 20th anniversary of his death earlier this year. File photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Police hold 49-year-old on suspicion of withholding information about murder

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood arrives for the recording of UTV’s election debate in Belfast on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mail purporting to be from SDLP leader sought donations for party

Officers respond to domestic abuse incident every 17 minutes, PSNI says

DUP leader Arlene Foster:  said there was no suggestion North Belfast councillor  Dale Pankhurst had any involvement in, or knowledge of, intimidation or attacks.

Safety of woman in north Belfast house whose windows were smashed sparks row

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in Strabane, Co Tyrone, as part of a police investigation into an impovised mortar device found in the town in September.

PSNI says explosive, discovered in September, part of ‘callous attempt’ by New IRA to kill police

These puppies were among the 31 dogs seized by the police on Thursday.

PSNI warns that purchase of puppies from illegal breeders can have ‘devasting results’

DUP leader Arlene Foster: ‘We’re determined to have that effective functioning government at Stormont because we know that NI works best when we work together.’ Photograph: Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry/PA Wire

DUP leader reinforces party’s ‘commitment and desire’ to form an Executive

David Sterling, the civil servant who has led Northern Ireland for almost three years in the absence of a powersharing government at Stormont, is to retire. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

David Sterling says last three years among most difficult of 40-year civil service career

PSNI recover double unit after digger is used in theft at Castle Way premises

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  ‘The island of Ireland is facing its greatest threat through Brexit.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader in Derry to support SDLP candidate Colum Eastwood’s campaign

(Left to right) Anne Speed of Unison, Kevin McAdam of Unite and Maria Morgan from Nipsa outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire.

Nurses and support workers engaged in industrial action over pay, staffing levels

Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at the switching on of the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dara Murphy should face inquiry over Dáil non-attendance, says Fianna Fáil leader

 Kathleen Harkin (93) and her daughter Margo. Photograph: Trevor McBride

A project highlighting the role of the women in the movement is in line for Turner Prize

DUP leader Arlene Foster (left) and party colleague Carla Lockhart

Constituency profile: on doorsteps in Upper Bann Brexit and Stormont dominate

Healthcare workers with Unison taking industrial action over pay and staffing levels

PSNI Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said people should never disclose personal or banking details to anyone over the phone or online, no matter how convincing they may seem.

Call for public to be vigilant against potential fraudsters

Hunter McGleenon, who was 11 months old. Photograph: PSNI

Charges of possession of indecent photograph of a child and illegal entry to UK also made

Sinn Féin’s MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew says unionists have pledged to vote for her in upcoming UK election. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Constituency profile: DUP stands aside for UUP’s Elliott in ‘single issue’ election

Screengrab taken from CCTV footage issued by the PSNI of the final known movements of Mike Kerr, who was found murdered on November 21st in his Bangor home. Photograph: PSNI/PA

Mike Kerr, a former BBC announcer, was beaten to death in his Co Down home last week

Rescue services pulled girl out of the water and treated her but she later died

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “There will be a vote, or votes, in Westminster, and it’s whether you want somebody who will go to Westminster and use their voice or somebody who won’t.”   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Constituency profile: It is a two-horse race between Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

Detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating the sudden death of a baby in  Co Armagh. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

PSNI arrest 31-year-old man after incident in Keady area on Tuesday

Pat Finucane Centre director Paul O’Connor said he had joined the IRA in 1970, aged 15, and had left in 1972.

Centre director admitted he had been an IRA member in the early 1970s

Barley leftover during the production of beer could be used to make fuel for homes, charcoal for barbecues or filters for clean water. Photograph: iStock

Low-cost technique developed at Queen’s University turns leftover barley into carbon

‘When such items are left in a public area they can be innocently handled by anyone’

The Alliance Party and the SDLP have called for talks to restore the North’s power-sharing Assembly to take place after the UK general election. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Alliance leader Naomi Long calls for ‘urgent, time-bound’ negotiations after election

Pictures of the victims of Bloody Sunday being carried through the crowd of thousands after the 25th anniversary march for Bloody Sunday in Derry. Photograph: Brian Little/PA

Legal submissions sent to NI’s Public Prosecution Service on behalf of victims’ families

A man in his thirties has been arrested by police.

Victim found with head injury in Cookstown shortly after 2am on Sunday

File image of Pat Finucane Centre director Paul O’Connor. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Paul O’Connor of Derry-based human rights body says he was in the IRA from 1970 to 1972

The body of 68-year-old widower Michael Kerr was discovered in his house on Birch Drive in Bangor on Tuesday. He had suffered injuries to his skull and face.

PSNI trying to establish if Michael Kerr disturbed intruders or if vendetta behind attack

Sinn Féin candidate for North Belfast John Finucane is standing for election in what will be a closely fought battle against DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds. File photograph: PA

Police start inquiries to establish if slogans constitute ‘hate incident or hate crimes’

The PSNI said a number of men armed with machetes broke into the house at Trasna Way in Lisnaskea on Saturday. File photograph: iStock

Girl (13) suffered severe injuries during knife attack by gang of men in Co Fermanagh

Police in Co Down dealing with an attempted cash machine theft at a petrol station at Carlisles’ on the Belfast Road in Ballynahinch. Photograph: Pacemaker.

Thieves used digger in bid to rip cash machine from wall of Carlisle’s filling station

Conor  Murphy said the ‘DUP/Tory pact’ was ‘the biggest single opposition to the restoration of the institutions’

MLA for Newry Conor Murphy said it is now ‘make your mind up time for the DUP’

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