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

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill and the party’s  president, Mary Lou McDonald, at Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of Conradh na Gaeilge and Pobal contributions did not assist in persuading unionists not to fear the language

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill,  president Mary Lou McDonald and party negotiator Conor Murphy at a press conference at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin calls for a cooling-off period as Sinn Féin and the DUP continue to clash

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill and the party’s  president, Mary Lou McDonald,  at a press conference in Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader to give draft agreement with DUP to British and Irish governments

 Michelle O’Neill:  “We had reached an accommodation with the leadership of the DUP. The DUP failed to close the deal. They have now collapsed this process”

Proposed agreement to restore Stormont crashes over Irish language Act

Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Despite fudge and compomise, Foster could not sell language element to her own party

John Robb pictured in the Dáil on February 14th, 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

President Higgins praises the surgeon’s ‘deep humanity’ following his death on Tuesday

Simon Coveney: he said he had spoken with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, and would remain in close contact

Failure of two parties to agree restoration of government ‘bitterly disappointing’

Speaking following the collapse of the DUP-Sinn Féin talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster said it was now incumbent on the British government to set a budget and start making policy decisions about schools, hospitals and infrastructure.

Mutual recriminations as latest bout of DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations end in failure

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Jim Allister taunts that Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill could not answer TG4

The British and Irish governments are unsure whether this DUP anxiety over the Irish language could jeopardise the prospective agreement. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

SF urges Arlene Foster to ignore those hoping to wreck prospect of Stormont deal

Raymond Johnston who was shot dead in West Belfast on Tuesday night. Photograph: Pacemaker

Raymond Johnston was answering door in West Belfast when he was shot

DUP leader Arlene Foster  at a press conference at Stormont,  February 12th. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty

Greatest pressure is on Arlene Foster to keep her party members from being spooked

British prime minister Theresa May holds a press conference at Stormont House on Monday. “I have been urging the parties to make one final push for the sake of the people of Northern Ireland,” she said. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Deal to reinstate power-sharing in Northern Ireland remains elusive but close

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

SF said agreement is close while DUP indicated good progress had been made at talks

Parliament Buildings in Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Rows over the Irish language and the ‘cash for ash’ scheme stoked the continuing impasse

Theresa May and Leo Varadkar: sources said it was unlikely the two leaders would attend  negotiations unless they had relative certainty a deal between the DUP and Sinn Féin was imminent.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

DUP and Sinn Féin set to sign off on deal to restore institutions

Sinn Féin Deputy  Pearse Doherty (left), new president Mary Lou McDonald, new deputy president Michelle O’Neill and Conor Murphy MLA celebrating  at  the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Of the McDonald-O’Neill link, the Dublin woman appears to be the dominant partner

Well-placed talks sources said good progress was achieved after a week of high-level DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations at Stormont. DUP leader Arlene Foster is pictued. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Guarded optimism at Stormont agreement to restore powersharing can be reached

Senior DUP and Sinn Féin sources said intensive talks were continuing at Stormont but that “significant gaps” remained between the two parties. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

‘Significant gaps’ remain between DUP and Sinn Féin, party sources say

The complainant agreed that when Rory Harrison (pictured) accompanied her home in the taxi that he comforted her, that at her house he checked with her that there was someone at home and gave her a hug before getting back into the taxi. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Rory Harrison is charged with perverting course of justice and withholding information

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson arrive at Belfast Crown Court. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Woman also told trial the alleged assault by Ireland rugby players lasted ‘an eternity’

Alex Maskey: he said the North was a “unionist-dominated apartheid state, founded on religious and civil discrimination, and which denied citizens fundamental rights such as the right to vote”

DUP calls on Sinn Féin leadership to take action against party Assembly member

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley indicated good progress had been made in discussions. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Coveney says prize of restored Executive and Assembly worth “stretching for”

Rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding deny the charges against them. Photograph: PA

Student claims rugby player ‘leant forward’ to kiss her

A picture from last week showing rugby players Ian Henderson (left) and Rory Best outside Belfast Magistrate’s Court. Court was told Mr Best attended the hearing because he was instructed to be present by lawyers involved in the case. Photograph: Pacemaker

Court told Best attended hearing because he was ‘directed to be here by senior counsel’

Stuart Olding arrives at Belfast Crown Court on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

21-year-old faces first day of cross-examination at Jackson and Olding rape trial

Michael Cullen (33) had been missing since January 9th.

Michael Cullen’s brother thanks everyone who assisted in the search

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Court hears woman told Ireland rugby player to stop when he tried to undo her trousers

Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson arriving at Laganside Crown Court in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are accused of sexually assaulting a student (19)

Rory Harrison (25) from Manse Road, Belfast, is charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Man who accompanied alleged victim home in taxi thought she might have been ‘star struck with Paddy Jackson’ at party

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding arriving in court in Belfast. The rugby players deny the charges against them. Photograph: PA

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding accused of engaging in non-consensual sex with 19-year-old student

The changes are proposed as part of a wider plan to reduce the number of MPs in the House of Commons from 650 to 600. Photograph: Getty Images

If implemented number of Assembly members would be cut from 90 to 85

Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Laganside Court in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Ulster and Ireland rugby players face jury in Belfast over June 2016 incident

 Emma Rogan, daughter of murdered man Adrian Rogan, speaks on behalf of  Loughinisland massacre relatives at Belfast High Court this month. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unionist politicians describe Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey’s move as troubling

Micheál Martin has proposed that even after the UK quits the European Union that Northern Ireland should continue to have representation in the European Parliament. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Why would people object to Northern Ireland continuing to have representation ?’

Seamus Mallon: he compared the politics of the DUP and Sinn Féin now to how loyalist paramilitaries and the IRA brought down the Sunning dale power-sharing administration of 1974

‘John Hume is a politician who saw the big picture,’ says Micheál Martin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said people in the North should be afforded the same rights as citizens of the Republic and the rest of the UK. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley to hold meetings with North’s five main parties

The North-South electricity interconnector has been delayed for several years due to opposition to scores of pylons being erected. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters.

Northern Ireland inquiry finds ‘urgent and compelling need’ for £200 million project

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