Body language: Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in Northern Ireland in 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

The IRA had murdered Philip’s uncle Louis Mountbatten. Yet the duke did his duty

First Minister Arlene Foster said the DUP’s approach to abortion was that ‘both lives matter’. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

NI First Minister says with devolution restored matter is one for Executive, not Westminster

Loyalist protesters converge on Belfast City Hall in 2013 over removal of the union flag from the the building. File photograph: PA

Unionists link divisive ensign issue to rolling grievance – the Northern Ireland protocol

The North’s department of health said it was on track to have vaccinated the whole population by July. File photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Over 100,000 have received second dose as North reports no further virus-related deaths

So far 694,863 people have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines with 96,254 of them receiving two jabs. File photograph: Getty

NI happy to share spare vaccines with Republic but duty is to people in North – Swann

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there was opportunity for further growth and development and also for joint North-South trade missions to promote investment.  Photograph: iStock

Cross-Border councils come together to promote investment and development along 100-mile east coast route

The scene at a house  at  Derrycoole Way, Newtownabbey, after police began  a murder investigation after three bodies were found at separate properties. Photograph: PA

It is understood a young man stabbed his mother and girlfriend on Friday night

The scene at a residential property in the Derrycoole Way, Newtownabbey, on Saturday. Photograph: PA Wire

Police believe man fatally stabbed his mother and his girlfriend before killing himself

 Northern secretary Brandon Lewis: Belfast High Court granted the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission leave to take action against him and the North’s Department of Health for failing to fully implement the new legislation. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Legal threat adding to pressure to bring in regulations to implement abortion services

It has been a year since the first Covid-19 related death in Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

A year after first reported Covid-19 death in Northern Ireland, death toll reaches 2,877

The proposal to erect the commemorative stone has proved divisive at Stormont, with Sinn Féin reacting to a proposal that it believes to be ‘symbolic of past failures’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Unionist leaders label move excessive and indicative of treatment if agreeing to unity

Nurses prepare vaccine jabs at the Lakeland Forum vaccination centre in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on March 12th. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

One coronavirus-related death and 169 more cases of Covid-19 reported in North

The PSNI has arrested two women  on suspicion of attempted murder. File photograph: PA Wire

Man also held after four women suffer stab injuries early this morning

 Dr Gabriel Scally urged the public for St Patrick’s Day: ‘Stick with people you live with and enjoy the outdoors, but not with large groups and not with people you don’t live with.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pause of AstraZeneca rollout shows checks are working, says Scally

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee will also have to consider the outcome of the review and pass its recommendation to the office of the chief medical officer, who in turn advises the Minister for Health. Photograph:  Jens Schlueter/Getty

Review of jab by European Medicines Agency due to be completed on Thursday

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin told the Assembly that Sinn Féin would be abstaining in the vote. File photograph: PA Wire

Decision to abstain on Assembly vote draws criticism from both sides of abortion debate

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, which opened in November 1932. Photograph: iStock

Alex Maskey says it is ‘extremely positive’ five NI Executive parties could agree programme on partition

Some primary school pupils have been back in class in Northern Ireland since March 8th. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister announces ‘cautious’ easing of lockdown restrictions

People ‘can expect a robust response if they breach the rules’ on St Patrick’s Day. File photograph: EPA

People told to not ‘flock to beauty spots’ as police in North plan ‘substantial’ operation

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’ Neill personally intervene during NI abortion debate. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Foster warns of ‘slippery slope’ to ‘eugenics’ while O’Neill says NI ‘failing’ women by not introducing termination services

Prof Jim Dornan  lectured in Ireland and abroad on obstetrics. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress

Tributes to doctor who left a ‘lasting legacy’ in obstetrics and foetomaternal medicine

Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride receives a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from nurse Alana McCaffery at the Ulster Hospital Covid-19 vaccination centre in Belfast. Photograph: PA

NI still administering vaccine, use of which has been temporarily halted in the State

Talk of a bridge or tunnel being built between Britain and Northern Ireland ‘is ultimately a road to nowhere’, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir said. File image: iStock.

Proposed British-Irish link slated as a Brexit distraction and a ‘road to nowhere’ in North

Westminster committee told ‘anomaly’ is an ‘absurdity’ and a ‘gaping hole’ in human rights legislation. Photograph: PA Wire

Westminster committee told ‘anomaly’ is a ‘gaping hole’ in human rights legislation

Alan Rusbridger, former editor of Guardian Newspapers. Commission has unanimously agreed to support Rusbridger’s continued membership. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Minister says decision was ‘not arrived at lightly’ after criticism from Máiría Cahill

Máiría Cahill calls for resignation of Alan Rusbridger from  the State’s Future of Media Commission. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

State commission chairman apologises again for publishing Greenslade blog in Guardian

First Minister Arlene Foster was accused of sitting down with the Loyalist Communities Council and ‘seeking common cause in your opposition against the protocol’. Photograph: PA

Sharp exchanges in Assembly between DUP First Minister and senior Sinn Féin politician

P3 teacher Jessica Cargill with her class at Springfield Primary School in Belfast. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Department of Health reports two further deaths and 144 confirmed Covid-19 cases

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

HSE to begin vaccination of people between ages 16 and 69 with serious illnesses

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster: ‘In order to find a solution, you have to have people who are willing to look for a solution.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

EU and Irish Goverment should take some responsibility for NI tensions - First Minister

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast.  Prof Peter Shirlow said ‘the language of Irish unification is that of compromise and debate’. Photograph: Paul Faith

Advocates for union and for united Ireland at least agree ‘future must be about respecting diversity’

While mixed marriages have become more acceptable in  Northern Ireland, some  deep-seated attitudes remain.

‘If granny hates Catholics or Protestants then trouble can start ... but love can conquer all’

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Martin and Foster criticise protocol use to limit AstraZeneca supply to Britain

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: ‘We face a common threat. Our response to this virus, and to the supply of vaccines, should be characterised by our common values.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

SDLP’s Eastwood says AstraZeneca quarrel ‘disproportionate’ and ‘grave error of judgment’

 A health worker prepares to inject a first dose of a Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine shot at a  vaccination centre. Photograph: EPA

Foster describes move to trigger Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol as ‘act of hostility’

Sligo native Tommie Gorman started his journalistic career with the Western People in the late 1970s, moving to RTÉ as its northwest correspondent in 1980. File photograph:  Leon Farrell/

Broadcaster pays tribute to journalist saying he ‘earned trust of audiences, North and South’

Of the total Covid-19 related deaths, 1,487 took place in hospital, 687  in care homes, 13 in hospices and 168 at residential addresses or other locations. File photograph: iStock

Total of 2,355 Covid-related deaths in North since pandemic began, latest data shows

The poll of 2,071 adults across Britain and Northern Ireland revealed that 58 per cent said watching birds and hearing their song added to their enjoyment of life since the onset of Covid-19. Photograph: Fran Veale

Pandemic reigniting love of nature and awareness of wildlife, RSPB and YouGov find

The view from a Covid-19 recovery ward at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh. Northern Ireland has reported 13  more Covid-19 deaths. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland reports 13 more deaths and 592 new cases as number on ventilators rises

Irish Sea border criticised in graffiti on Sandy Row in Belfast: the sea border was introduced for trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK due to Brexit. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

NI stability at risk as empty shelves, VAT and red tape stir up constitutional anxieties

Jim Allister: he  says  the Northern Ireland Protocol  is part of a plan to create “political unity” on the island of Ireland

TUV leader urges DUP and Ulster Unionists to unite with him against ‘perilous’ threat to union

First Minister Arlene Foster speaking at Stormont following the publication of the research report on mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Report sets stage for debate in North, with focus on who is to blame for abuses

Good Shepherd Catholic Church on the Ormeau Road in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Foster acknowledges pain caused to thousands as survivors seek public inquiry

The poll carried out by LucidTalk for the Sunday Times found that 51 per cent of 2,392 people surveyed in Northern Ireland supported a referendum in the next five years.  Photograph: iStock

Unity referendum would be ‘incredibly divisive’, First Minister Arlene Foster says

There were 796 patients with Covid-19 in hospital on Sunday morning. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Department of Health reported 14 more deaths and 433 new cases on Sunday

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said:  ‘I reassured the Minister that the overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland welcomed the support.’  File Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

British military support to be used to curb spread of coronavirus, First Minister says

Merlin Holland: British biographer and the only grandchild of Oscar Wilde. Photograph:  Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

The only grandchild of Oscar Wilde believes he knows why the playwright lost his case

Scornful hauteur: George Osborne. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty

Former UK chancellor’s scathing comments must be demoralising for many unionists

Health minister Robin Swann: some Covid restrictions in North may remain after extended lockdown ends on March 5th. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

Arlene Foster assured more British military aid available to combat coronavirus

Fishing boats moored in Dunbar Harbour, East Lothian. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Producers’ representative warns British government may ‘cook the books’

The Continuity IRA may have tried to bring down a civilian helicopter thinking it was a police aircraft, the PSNI has said.

Senior officer dismisses claim twice made by dissident group about taking aim at chopper

Damage to the Belfast Multi-Cultural Association buidling after a fire on Thursday evening. Photograph:   David Young/PA Wire

Claim that association using building subjected ‘to lot of hostility and Islamophobia’

Nisra’s figures go deeper in that they relate to death certificates in the wider community where Covid-19 was recorded as a factor in the death. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Further 1,052 positive cases, 26 deaths were reported on Friday by health department

First Minister Arlene Foster  and  Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photogaph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Concerns raised about people flying into the Republic and travelling to Northern Ireland

Depleted shelves at a Belfast supermarket on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Agriculture minister accused of engaging in ‘scaremongering on steroids’

Rosalie Flanagan in 2007. She is a former permanent secretary to the North’s Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Rosalie Flanagan named UK lead of group charged with finding missing Troubles victims

Minister of Health Robin Swann and chief scientific officer Prof Ian Young address the media at a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Minister confirms rapid test to be rolled out to hospitals as 19 further deaths reported

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: ‘The invasive and pervasive puritanical attitude that allowed these acts, some of them clearly criminal in character, was inflicted on these women and their children by a narrow, close-minded society.’ File photogaph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Estimated 7,500 women and girls gave birth in homes in North, says Amnesty NI director

 Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Almost 100,000 vaccinated as North records 22 more coronavirus-related deaths

While there is no doubt about empty shelves in some stores, others have downplayed the extent of the problem. Photograph: Alan Betson

DUP calls for action to safeguard the flow of goods from Britain to the North

Paramedics are seen in a line of ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital, Britain. Northern Ireland reported another 26 Covid-19 deaths over the weekend. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Northern Ireland ranked fourth in world for administration of coronavirus vaccines

The DUP, Ulster Unionists and Progressive Unionist Party opposed the proposal.

15 per cent of street residents can request Irish language or Ulster Scots signs

There were 1,895 Covid-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland during 2020

North’s statistics agency records 1,895 coronavirus-related deaths during 2020

To date there have been eight positive cases of avian flu in wild birds in Northern Ireland across five different locations. There also were recent detections in wild birds, poultry and captive birds across Britain in addition to detections in the Republic. File photograph: John Giles/PA

North’s chief vet warns disease has potential to devastate poultry industry

Over 11,280 cases of Covid-19 were reported in the past week in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Another 17 deaths and 1,410 new coronavirus cases reported in North

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “We’re asking everyone to stay at home unless there are good reasons for leaving your home ... there will be police powers to direct you home if you’re not following the regulations”. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A further 13 deaths and 1,985 additional coronavirus infections registered in North

Arlene Foster, pictured on Monday,  said her ‘thoughts and support remains with the Quinn family who have so bravely stood up to continued intimidation’. Photograph: DUP/PA Wire

First Minister believes she was targeted over her support for Carrickfergus murder victim

The Northern Executive met  on Tuesday afternoon to discuss imposing further restrictions. Photograph: PA

Eighteen deaths and 1,378 new cases of coronavirus reported in North on Tuesday

Alan Black survived the shooting even though he was shot 18 times in the Provisional IRA attack at Kingsmill in south Armagh. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Belfast pianist and Tokyo Olympics-bound gymnast receive CME, BEM respectively

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster said that “to paraphrase Winston Churchill, it is not the beginning of the end but rather the end of the beginning”. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

New Year’s UK exit from EU no cause of celebration for Northern Ireland politicians

A technician working at the Jenner Institute on the University’s COVID-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, co-invented by the University of Oxford and Vaccitech in partnership with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.  Photograph: John Cairns / University of Oxford / AFP

Approval of AstraZeneca vaccine paves way for ‘acceleration’ of inoculation programme


Next year one ‘of renewed hope’ due to vaccine, says Minister of Health

A shopper wears a protective  face covering in Belfast city centre on Christmas Eve, on the day a post-Brexit deal was struck between and UK and EU. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Manufacturing NI: ‘First trade deal in history which makes doing business more, not less, difficult’

Arlene Foster (L) in a jointly issued statement with Michelle O’Neill (R) said on Thursday that the Northern Executive had been united in supporting the need for a trading deal. File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

North reaction: Quitting EU raises questions about NI’s union with Britain, says SDLP

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill: ‘Partition has failed all the people of this island.’ Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister: ‘Time to begin a planned transition to Irish reunification’

The new 10-day isolation advice for those entering the North from the Republic or Britain will not apply to people who routinely cross the Border for essential purposes. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

People travelling to North from Republic, Britain must isolate for 10 day, says Executive

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan says  ‘the country simply cannot cope with this level of infection as we head into Christmas week.’ Above,   shoppers on Grafton Street  in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government expected to reject Nphet advice which calls for new measures from December 28th

The Government may decide to keep open the possibility of permitting outdoor dining for restaurants and gastropubs that can accommodate diners in heated outdoor areas. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government ‘minded’ to go with ‘significant restrictions’ on hospitality sector - Taoiseach

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar with other Cabinet Ministers attending the virtual 25th Plenary Session of the North South Ministerial Council at Government Buildings,Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill continue to row over Bobby Storey funeral

‘The evidence before us was clear that decisive intervention was required to prevent the growing tide of Covid-19 cases,’   Northern Ireland health minister Robin Swann said.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Decision to increase restrictions from St Stephen’s Day made with ‘heavy heart’ - Swann

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at the funeral of former leading IRA figure Bobby Storey in west Belfast on June 30th. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

PSNI completes investigation into whether Covid-19 regulations were breached at event

The decision   was taken following the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza   in seven wild birds across Northern Ireland in recent weeks. Photograph:   Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Poultry and captive bird keepers told to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds

Ambulances at the entrance to the emergency department with a number of the vehicle with patients awaiting to be admitted, at Antrim Area Hospital. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Hospitality, retail and leisure centre to be shut after midnight on Christmas Day

Christmas shoppers on the Hapenny Bridge   in Dublin’s City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People will be able to travel outside their county and gather in homes from Friday

Ambulances at the entrance to the emergency department with a number of the vehicle with patients awaiting to be admitted, at Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister says something must be done to ‘gain control of the situation’

The port health authorities at Liverpool instructed that the Stena Line’s Irish sea ferry Stena Edda must be held at Birkenhead, across the River Mersey from Liverpool, as a precaution. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Six of the 53 crew on board the Stena Line ship tested positive for coronavirus

Medical staff attending to two patients in an ambulance, at Antrim Area Hospital on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Hospital bed occupancy in Northern Ireland at 105% after 17 ambulance queue in Antrim

A woman wearing a face mask leaves a shop in Belfast city centre as businesses across Northern Ireland reopened their doors following a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown last Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Health service is facing ‘nightmare’ in January - British Medical Association NI chairman

Northern Ireland is introducing a system of ‘individual behavioural-based risk assessment’ around blood donation for men who have sex with men. File photograph: Zeljko Bozic/Getty Images

Men who have had one partner for more than three months to be allowed donate

Northern Ireland secretary of state Brandon Lewis said the British government was planning “an exciting programme to promote Northern Ireland’s potential across the UK, and also internationally”. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Programme to celebrate North’s ‘vital contribution to the UK’, Brandon Lewis says

Dr Glynn said concerns remained around ensuring sufficient numbers of people opt to get the vaccination

Deputy Chief Medical Officer says there are no concerns around safety of inoculation

Ronnie Hanna has been informed that he is not to face charges in relation to the £1.2 billion sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland assets portfolio to US investment fund Cerberus. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Ronnie Hanna among six people told by Northern prosecution service they would not be prosecuted

Arlene Foster’s ‘blood red line’ has been ‘washed away’, veteran unionist Reg Empey accuses. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Sense of unionist betrayal at hands of British prime minister Boris Johnson is palpable

UUP leader Steve Aiken, however, said the deal was a “bad day for Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Party wants to ensure unfettered access for North’s businesses to British marketplace

A recent image showing masked pedestrians in Belfast city centre. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Hospital bed occupancy at 100 per cent with 425 coronavirus patients receiving treatment

The Harland and Wolff cranes in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where businesses guardedly welcomed the agreement on how the withdrawal agreement will be implemented. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Arlene Foster says Northern Ireland must have ‘unfettered access’ to British market

Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient  to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine administered by nurse May Parsons. Photograph: EPA

First vaccinations take place as North reports 14 more deaths and 351 new confirmed cases

Kathy Johnson, equality officer of NUJ Belfast & District Branch, with Brian Pelan, secretary of NUJ Belfast & District Branch, Anton McCabe, NUJ NEC job-share, and Robin Wilson, chair of NUJ Belfast & District Branch, at a protest in Belfast in support of threatened NUJ colleagues. Photograph: Kevin Cooper, Photoline

Intimidation, harassment and online abuse must not be normalised, says union chief

Lord Ken Maginnis said he had been a victim of a campaign against him by the LGBT rights group Stonewall. File photograph: PA

Former Ulster Unionist MP accused of bullying, harassment and homophobia

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