DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I fully appreciate the risks of a ‘no deal’ but the dangers of a bad deal are worse.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Anyone doubting party leaders’ resolve on Brexit should think carefully, Foster warns

Suzanne Lacy mapped the Border using a variety of yellow lines.

US visual artist Suzanne Lacy worked with 300-plus people for Ulster Museum project

About 90 per cent of lamb produced in Northern Ireland is exported.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

North’s sheep sector faces ‘major problems’, says Upper Bann MP David Simpson

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster:  ready for a no-deal scenario, which she expects to be the likeliest one. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty

DUP leader adamant proposed compromise threatens union integrity and expects no deal

Hillary Clinton following a ceremony at Queen’s University Belfast where she was awarded an honorary degree. Photograph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Interim executive could deal with Brexit and resolve political deadlock – Hillary Clinton

Gerry Moriarty visited Ashers minutes after the London Supreme Court ruling. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Predominant view on Royal Avenue in ‘gay cake’ case in favour of the bakery

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

Former Northern secretaries argue better to spend £150m on victims and survivors

Michelle O’Neill:  “We did not hear anything new from Karen Bradley that would give us any kind of hope that her government has any interest in prioritising the needs of people here”

Northern Secretary has meetings with Simon Coveney, North’s main political parties and church leaders on how to restore Stormont

The surveys found that 87%  of Leave voters in Northern Ireland, who are overwhelmingly unionist, see the collapse of the peace process as an acceptable price for Brexit. Photograph: Getty Images

Arlene Foster ahead of meeting with Michel Barnier says EU must respect 2016 referendum result

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is among the politicians Karen Bradley will meet as part of  tentative efforts to restore Stormont. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Northern Secretary meeting politicians in preliminary move to resolve deadlock

“On Brexit the politics overtook the economics quite some time ago now.”

Politicians urged to find a ‘middle way’ to avoid damage to Northern Ireland economy

Eoin Ro Wilson casts his vote during the Irish Youth Referendum  in west Belfast. Photograph: Matt Bohill Pacemaker

Tiocfaidh ár what? Young people in west Belfast put a united Ireland to a vote

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Epa/Andy Rain

Sinn Féin clarifies its position to consultation process on main protagonist of conflict

PSNI temporary deputy chief constable Stephen Martin at the launch of a recruitment drive for 400 new officers  in Belfast. Photograph:    Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Talk of return of 50:50 recruitment to improve balance antagonises unionists

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at the launch of the party’s Legacy Consultation Response at Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Party makes submission to British government consultation on addressing legacy of past

Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin said Britain has always sought to ‘conceal and deny’ its role in the Troubles

From left, Anthony Harbinson,  head of the OCTF in Northern Ireland, and Det Supt Bobby Singleton, PSNI.  Photograph:  Michael Cooper/ PA Wire

Thousands of businesses being extorted by paramilitaries, says senior PSNI officer

The PSNI has warned the majority of its recruits are coming from the Protestant community. The force on Monday launched a campaign to attract 400 new recruits. Photograph: Getty

Politicians may have to resume 50:50 Catholic:Protestant recruitment, PSNI head says

 Dr Andrew McCormick provided more than 1,100 pages of written evidence, documentation and annexes to the RHI inquiry. Photograph: PA

RHI inquiry chairman incredulous that there was no written record of who decided not to pull the reins on the highly lucrative but(...)

Northern  Secretary Karen Bradley speaking in the Commons on Thursday. She said  the salaries of  the North’s Assembly members would  be reduced from £49,500 to £35,888 because they were not performing all their functions. Photograph: PA Wire

Thousands of jobs and £1bn in projects on hold due ot DUP-Sinn Féin deadlock

Former DUP Minister Jonathan Bell gives his evidence at the RHI Inquiry at Stormont on Thursday. Photograph: Pacemaker

Sky News denies allegation that correspondent David Blevins was providing advice to the DUP on how to ‘destroy’ Bell

Jonathan Bell says an alleged incident where he reportedly “swung a punch” at his special adviser never happened. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Jonathan Bell alleges senior party pressure exerted on him to delay capping cash for ash scheme

Former DUP Minister Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Getty

‘Dysfunctional’ relationship may have contributed to cash for ash debacle, inquiry told

The first lecture will be delivered by Bernadette McAliskey, who was a prominent civil rights campaigner and, as Bernadette Devlin, the youngest woman elected to Westminster. Photograph:  Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images

Key players in protests or politics 50 years ago will lecture at Stranmillis University

Belfast’s  Glider  system isn’t just about transportation; there is a social and political dimension, says Robin Totten of Translink.

Glider route system mirrors changes planned under Dublin’s BusConnects plan

 Drew Harris, the new Garda Commissioner at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New Garda Commissioner has described the Patten report as ‘a seminal document’

In the event of Brexit with a hard Border, 56 per cent in the North said they would vote for unity. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

If UK left EU, 52% in North would vote for unity, survey of 1,200 people reveals

The Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems at Queen’s University is one of four linked cybersecurity institutes in the UK.

New unit at Queen’s University aims to improve internet-connected hardware security

Firefighters at the Primark store in Belfast city centre, where a major blaze broke out on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Structural engineers assessing whether Bank Buildings can be saved

Members of the public take part in the ‘We Deserve Better’ Rally in the centre of Portadown,  Co Armagh. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Northern Ireland has now been without a functioning administration for 589 days

DUP leader Arlene Foster has defended her decision not to meet Pope Francis in Dublin or to send a party representative in her place. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

DUP leader, who was on family trip, says she could not pass personal invite to a colleague

An adopted girl was abused ‘on an almost daily basis’ by her stepfather in the 1980s, Belfast Crown Court has heard

Man admitted abuse in 1987 but was ‘not subject to police action’, Belfast court told

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood:  “The SDLP have been consistent in calling on the two governments to step up and step in.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Absence of Stormont ‘sorry indictment’, says SDLP leader as Belgium’s record exceeded

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill called for a special London-Brussels meeting to solely deal with the concerns of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Northern party leaders line up to criticise no-deal scenarios outlined by Dominic Raab

George Mitchell calls on political leaders in Northern Ireland to demonstrate courage and resolve to end the political logjam. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Political leaders must summon the courage and vision their predecessors demonstrated in 1998 – former US Senator

A papal visit to the North would have resulted in demonstrations from evangelical Protestants. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of devout faithful set to make cross-Border trip for papal Mass in Dublin

The fifth largest party in the North, Alliance, spends and takes in considerably more than the third largest party, the SDLP

Latest figures point to financial difficulties of SDLP as it considers merger with Fianna Fáil

Pope Francis: “It is not about him, it is about the unresolved agony, the anguish that is ongoing and is unaddressed, and cries about to be addressed,” said Fr McCafferty. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Fr Patrick McCafferty says pope should ‘stay away’ because of issue of clerical sex abuse

White rose petals are thrown into a pond at the Omagh memorial garden by those who attended the ceremony for victims of the car bomb on Market Street on the 15th August 1998.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Priest publicly puts it to the bombers to say sorry and look for forgiveness at commemoration

Nuala O’Loan,the former  police ombudsman for Northern Ireland  Photograph: Irish Times

Relatives marking 20 years since the August 1998 dissident republican blast

Arlene Foster: The DUP leader has said Northern Ireland can’t continue in a “decision-making limbo” but there seems to be no  immediate prospect of a political breakthrough, Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We can see decay and stagnation in many of our public services. It can’t go on like this.’

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader’s about-face on Border poll issue has whiff of old republicanism about it

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

‘Scene is now set’ for referendum on Irish unity, says Mary-Lou McDonald

Some Syrian refugees living in west Belfast say they are housed in poor conditions. Ahmed, pictured with his daughter Jana, complained  his house was damp and suffered from mould. He said there also was rat infestation and frequent gas leaks.

‘People throw eggs and rubbish at the windows and doors. They empty my bins,’ says woman

The PSNI has found no evidence that DUP councillor Luke Poots, son of former minister Edwin Poots (above), was harassed by a BBC journalist, Photograph: Kate Geraghty/Irish Times

Luke Poots had claimed BBC investigations correspondent Kevin Magee harassed him

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

‘He understands demography . . . He understands Northern Ireland can be saved’

 Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr: With 28,521 votes, he polled highest in last year’s Westminster election and his nearest challenger, Sinn Féin’s Cara McShane, was on 7,878 votes. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Derided by some as ‘chancer’, DUP man and family legacy likely to survive suspension

In a film shown in Belfast on Wednesday, Dolours Price said she regarded the killings of the Disappeared as a war crime.  File photograph: Pacemaker

Former IRA prisoner recounted how she was haunted by killings of Disappeared

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (second left) meets local MPs and business leaders during his visit to the Magee campus of Ulster University in Derry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

British Chancellor rejects suggestion his visit to North is to distract from London conference

DUP MP Ian Paisley: he has made it clear that if the petition succeeds he will stand again. Photograph:  PA Wire

MP would be unseated if 10% of North Antrim electorate support petition

The PSNI said the silver Peugeot was abandoned and set alight at Lincoln Court in the city a short time after the incident. Photograph: Google Street View

Police Service of Northern Ireland investigating incident characterised as ‘reckless’

Ian Paisley will be excluded from the House of Commons for 30 sitting days from September 4th following a major breach of parliamentary rules.

Party to review conduct of North Antrim MP, excluded for not declaring Sri Lanka holidays

Ian Paisley apologising to the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA

DUP MP insists he will recontest North Antrim if he is forced to stand down

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

EU chief negotiator Barnier says the UK’s White Paper is ‘proven unworkable’

The information was unintentionally given to loyalists who are being investigated by the PSNI’s paramilitary crime task force. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Information on hundreds reported to have fallen into hands of loyalist paramilitaries

PSNI officers chat with a  Garda on the Border   in  Belleek, Co Fermanagh, during Theresa May’s visit to the area. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

British PM seeks refuge in Co Fermanagh from Boris Johnson’s Brexit potshots

DUP MP Ian Paisley at the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Monday.  Photograph: PA

DUP member has solid support in North Antrim base and likely to be returned as an independent

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley ‘has instructed officials’ to work on legislation to allow ‘UK government Ministers’ to make pressing appointments to leading public bodies in NI.  File photograph: PA

Northern Secretary’s commitment for Westminster to act in absence of Stormont

Ian Paisley had “apologised unreservedly at the outset for his unintentional failure to register the hospitality he received,” a lawyer for the DUP MP said. Photograph: PA

Parliamentary watchdog finds DUP North Antrim MP breached Westminister rules

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May will be in Northern Ireland on Thursday and Friday. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

British prime minister’s two-day visit will include trip to the border area

A much-reduced policing board remains operative but has no legal authority to oversee the work of the PSNI due to the collapse of Stormont.

Just six members of board still in situ from full-strength group comprising 19 members

The support of the House of Commons for customs proposals tabled by hard Brexiteers has safeguarded Northern Ireland’s position in the United Kingdom, DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images.

Varadkar, Coveney can ‘foot stamp all they like’ but NI outside single market - DUP MP

Bobby Storey (left) and Gerry Adams address a rally on Monday night beside the old Andersonstown police station, Belfast, following attacks on their homes last week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president McDonald decries dissident republicans during rally in west Belfast

It is understood that those brought to Daisy Hill were treated for “minor symptoms”. Photograph: Google Street View

Ambulances and fire crews attend fish factory in village of Kilkeel after incident

An Orange Order parade passes the Hands Across the Divide statue in Derry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Belfast march halted for Orange Order to gift a tie to Irish junior tourism minister

Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Protestant Minister says Ireland doesn’t need visit from the Pope but from Holy Spirit

Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fire service sees increase in call-outs overnight after UVF planned ‘serious disorder’

Scores of motorcyclists from across Ireland were among the mourners at the funeral of William Dunlop at Garryduff Presbyterian Church outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Third member of family killed in motorcycle racing laid to rest in Ballymoney, Co Antrim

The Bloomfield Walkway bonfire in east Belfast was set alight hours after a court ordered its height to be reduced ahead of the Eleventh Night. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PSNI confirms viable pipe bomb discovered at the peace line in restive Belfast

The cortege arrives at Garryduff Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, for the funeral of motorcycle racer William Dunlop. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mourners pay tribute to 32-year old who was killed during practice run at weekend

Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Could it ever be on a southerner’s bucket list of things to see?

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

A central figure in Good Friday negotiations, PUP leader is on political margins, 20 years on

Jackie McDonald: “You should not assume that our appetite to remain in Europe outweighs the appetite for the union.” Photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The community, which includes many Remainers, is concerned by attitudes in the South

Chairman of Self Help Africa Tom Kitt: “this merger is a practical example of how we can continue to work successfully together to achieve more”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Self Help Africa with £25m budget will help over four million in sub-Saharan countries

Mary Lou McDonald: “I believe the powersharing institutions are the best, the only option to chart a way forward together; to navigate the big societal change we face.”  File photograph: The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald urges governments to bridge political gap on contentious issues

 Paul Gallagher, who was  shot in Northern Ireland in 1994. Photograph: PA

Victims' group campaign in England this week for equitable levels of support

Francis McGuigan and Liam Shannon , two of the ‘hooded men’ give their reaction to the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in their case at a press conference in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Liam Shannon: “We don’t need anybody to tell us we were tortured – We know we were tortured”

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The North stood on the brink of catastrophe following the Gibraltar and Milltown killings 30 years ago

Kids’ Court: from left,  Hannah, Jack, Daniel and Isaac from Annahilt Primary School in Co Down with principal Richard Reid. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Do you realise you could have killed one of us, a junior judge asks a speeding driver

A new report disputed the British government’s claim the terms of the Withdrawal Bill would not result in a loss of rights. Photograph: Getty Images

Lawyers say current withdrawal proposals ‘will weaken protection of fundamental rights’

DUP leader Arlene Foster has “categorically” rejected a Sinn Féin claim she personally handed over a hard copy of a draft deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Michelle O’Neill says that she personally passed the draft text to DUP leader

Terence McKeever: the electrical contractor had been married for 11 weeks, and hadn’t yet been on his honeymoon

Terence McKeever was shot dead in 1986. His family suspect Garda collusion

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald: “There is no option ultimately but for us and the DUP to be talking to each other.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Meeting of party members exudes softer tone on DUP, unionism and even Leo Varadkar

A fourth person, believed to be an infant child, was killed in Tuesday’s fire at a house in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, police have said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Death toll from blaze up to four as arrested man leaves hospital and enters custody

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Arlene Foster says EU plan ‘constitutionally unacceptable’ and potentially ‘catastrophic’

The victims have been named locally as Crystal Gossett, her 16-year-old son Edward and daughter Diane (19), while a fourth victim, Diane’s infant daughter, is also feared to have died. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Man who attempted to rescue occupants says he was beaten back by smoke and flames

No future if unionism and nationalism remain ‘locked in an arm-wrestle which no-one can win’, says Colum Eastwood

Forensic and fire officers at a house in Derrylin, Fermanagh where three people have died in a fire and police have arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of murder. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Baby missing as forensic experts examine Derrylin house in suspected arson attack

Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh where three people have died in a fire and police have arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of murder.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three dead and baby missing in suspected arson attack in Derrylin

Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire on Molly Road, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Man (27) arrested at scene amid search for possible fourth victim

With the “civic unionism” letter, Dr James Wilson was anxious to counter any nationalist assumptions that such a grouping  was “passive” about or opposed to equality and rights.  File photograph: Getty Images

Lobbyist anxious to counter any assumptions that civic unionism ‘passive’ on rights

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

Signatories motivated by desire to build a better society in Northern Ireland

Belfast Waterside: the project is set to include offices and 750 new homes, among other developments

Vanguard applies to build 250,000sq ft of offices in £400m Lagan project

 Barry McElduff stood down as the MP for West Tyrone  last month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

By-election caused by resignation of Barry McElduff over Kingsmill video tweet

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds with party leader Arlene Foster,  outside the Palace of Westminster in London earlier this week. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Nigel Dodds says there was a ‘lot of bad blood’ between DUP and Sinn Féin in wake of collapsed talks

 Eamonn Mallie with Ian Paisley and  Baroness Eileen Paisley in 2014: Baroness Paisley urged leaders on both sides to ‘confess  your sin and confess your mistakes’

Widow of late Ian Paisley criticises DUP leader Arlene Foster over political impasse

Mary Lou McDonald:  said she feared Northern Ireland was entering a period of “drift” and “entrenchment”. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

SF asks Labour to table legislation in Westminster allowing same-sex marriage in North

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: went head-to-head with former Alliance minister Dr Stephen Farry on the Stephen Nolan Show. Photograph:  Pacemaker

Jim Allister leads charge to spook unionists about Irish language Act on BBC Radio Ulster

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Michael Cooper

Northern Secretary says ‘a state of limbo’ cannot go on – is direct rule on the horizon?

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Both parties meeting Theresa May to see if talks can be resurrected

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