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

Simon Coveney has criticised Boris Johnson’s ‘very unhelpful’ approach to Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire/Getty

Tánaiste meets new NI secretary Julian Smith as new PM demands backstop removal

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

New Northern Secretary had job to ensure confidence and supply arrangement between Tories and the DUP did not break down

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: “Boris Johnson’s party abandoned the rigorous impartiality demanded by the Good Friday agreement in order to enter into a self-serving pact with the DUP.” Photograph: Getty Images

Julian Smith to receive progress report on talks to restore executive and assembly

  Karen Bradley, who  has been sacked as Northern secretary by new UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Former Northern secretary says it was a ‘privilege’ to represent this ‘special nation’

A report earlier this month from the Stormont economy department warned of a possible loss of 40,000 jobs in Northern Ireland if the UK crashed out of the EU. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

New prime minister urged to take a ‘hands-on role’ to reinstate Stormont

 Karen Bradley arrives for a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street on Tuesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA.

Sinn Féin’s McDonald seeks meeting with British prime minister ‘in the coming days’

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Ms Foster said   she looked forward to discussing with Mr Johnson the ‘shared objectives of strengthening the union, delivering Brexit and restoring devolution’. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Election of new Tory leader raises prospect of Michael Gove becoming Northern Secretary

Peter Heathwood  at the Long Gallery in Stormont’s Parliament Buildings.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Peter Heathwood, campaigner for a pension for those injured in the Troubles, tells his story

Arlene Foster says Simon Coveney is ‘obviously is setting out his stall so that he can look tough to our new prime minister’. Photograph: Reuters

DUP leader says renewed effort to bring in same sex marriage likely to succeed

Jim Allister: he said changes to the North’s abortion and same-sex marriage law “should never have been accepted”. Photograph: Getty Images

Abortion set to be decriminalised in the North from October 22nd if the assembly and executive are not back in place

The research carried out by Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly identified seven key areas of unionist concern.

Senator Mark Daly says Government must establish second New Ireland Forum

 Judith Thompson, commissioner for victims and survivors in Northern Ireland:  ‘Their suffering increases by the day and their time is running out.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Westminster has a ‘moral obligation’ to implement backdated scheme, North official urges

The House of Commons bill will bypass the closed Stormont Assembly to  liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Baroness O’Loan and Lord Eames challenge attempts to liberalise legislation

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to be honoured by the queen.

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

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

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

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

Smooth roads vehicle travelled over may have prevented device from exploding

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

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

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

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

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

Tánaiste and Northern Secretary joining five main parties in negotiations

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

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

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

Northern Ireland Police Federation urges politicians to restore Stormont

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Hamilton meets parents of one of victims, Morgan Barnard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greens and People Before Profit also make gains in local elections

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

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

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

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

Marie Anderson

Marie Anderson due to take over PSNI watchdog role in July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coveney and Bradley set to announce fresh talks to end stalemate

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

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

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

Following Lyra McKee funeral leaders say they want to restore powersharing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tricky economic questions await those advancing Irish unity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many of the protesters supporting Soldier F are armed forces veterans

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

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

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