File photograph of Ivor Bell. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge dismisses recordings and directs jury to find Bell not guilty of soliciting murder

File photograph of writer Ed Moloney. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Judge John O’Hara says taped confession was ‘improperly and dishonestly induced’

Mother of 10 Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered in 1972.

Jean McConville, the Boston tapes, Ivor Bell and Pat McClure

Jean McConville, Ivor Bell and Gerry Adams. Irish Times photomontage

Long read: Tapes which implicated Gerry Adams deemed inadmissible in Belfast trial

Ivor Bell who was on Thursday found not guilty of soliciting the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge directs jury to not guilty verdict: ‘You cannot find him to have done the acts alleged’

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Party’s objections to ‘double customs’ idea presents hurdle to Boris Johnson

The street in Omagh that was bombed in 1998: a new film calls for  greater support for trauma and mental health services in the North Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The Quiet Shuffling of Feet examines trauma and mental health in Northern Ireland

Police recounted how the boy had to run for help from neighbours after his father was shot in both ankles. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Boy who had to run to neighbours for help ‘traumatised’ by attack, say PSNI

Photograph released to help identify killer

PSNI officer appeals for public to assist in finding those behind ‘chilling’ murder

A loyalist mural on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, as leaders of the UDA confirmed it had decommissioned all weapons under its control

Gary McMichael and Billy Huthinson feel the role of loyalist leaders has been overlooked

Peter Watterson, Philip Rafferty and Siobhan McCabe, from the book Children of the Troubles,  by Joe Duffy and Freya McClements

Authors Joe Duffy and Freya McClements claim 186 children under 16 died in conflict

Former SDLP leader Margaret Richie described the House of Lords in 2012 as an ‘anachronistic institution’.  Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Margaret Ritchie: ‘I will be reflecting the views of the party in that chamber’

Raymond McCord outside the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

One of applicants was high-profile victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord

DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds exit 10 Downing Street following meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

DUP knows a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for party and for Northern Ireland

 Emma DeSouza and her husband Jake at Belfast High Court on Tuesday. Ms DeSouza applied for a residence card for her US-born husband Jake using her Irish passport in December 2015 which the British Home Office rejected, saying she was British.   Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Lawyer in Emma DeSouza’s case says Belfast Agreement does not overrule British Nationality Act

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit  shows Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson speaking following the announcement of the result of a vote on his motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, in the House of Commons in London on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: PRU/AFP/Getty

PM pledges in Dublin to strive for deal as British parliament wary of legal compliance

An additional £1.35 million is being provided this year for suicide-prevention services in the North. Photograph: iStock

Suicide levels in North double that of Republic

Police at  Creggan Heights, Derry, on Monday after residents were evacuated when a suspicious device was found in a house. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Number of homes evacuated after suspicious device found in Creggan Heights area

Arlene Foster said the DUP will continue to work with the British Government and will also use any discussions with the Taoiseach to encourage efforts towards a sensible deal. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

‘I hope the discussions in Dublin lay the foundation for a way forward’ - DUP leader

Ian Paisley. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Programme shows clips of Martin McGuinness preparing bomb used in Derry attack

Chief Constable Simon Byrne: “The use of paramilitary attacks, beatings, breaking people’s legs, other limbs, in the name of the rule of law, is just odious.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘If you have a gun… why would I think you are safe in the presence of young children?’

Varadkar accused of not being interested in listening to unionists over Brexit

It wasn’t until the 1980s that Gerry Adams (above) and Martin McGuinness began driving forward the policy of the Armalite and the ballot box. Photograph: Pat Langan

When Troubles started in 1969, only Unionist Party had power in Northern Ireland

Ciaran McKeown attends  the Ulster Peace Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in November 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Campaigner left job in journalism to work for peace in Northern Ireland

Michelle O’Neill: ‘I will ask the party membership to endorse my record by re-electing me.’  Photograph: Getty

Michelle O’Neill makes clear she will defend her position

(From left)  Lord Empey, Robin Swann and Steve Aiken of the Ulster Unionist Party outside Stormont Parliment buildings. Photograph: PA

Party wants UK commitment to indemnify the EU against single market infractions

Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Northern politicians now have a significant chance to restore Stormont

Allegations latest in series of reports of historic child sex abuse in Fermanagh

Above, earlier this year, a minute of silence for the victims of Bloody Sunday was observed during a news conference after the announcement of the decision whether to charge soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday events, in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Statement critical of Kate Nash whose brother was killed in Derry in 1972

A police road block close to the scene where an explosive device was detonated at Wattle Bridge close to Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh earlier this month. Photograph: PA

Suspected ammunition seized by PSNI terrorism investigation unit

Sinn Féin welcomed the funding from the late William Hampton, who was registered as an elector in the UK. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Bequest is believed to be largest private donation to political party in Northern Ireland

A file image from 1994 of  then Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (right) and Martin McGuinness.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Adams and McGuinness met IRA army council three times to discuss cessation

Conor Murphy: ‘seven more bums’ on a bench in Westminster would not make an impact. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

‘Nonsense’ to propose seven MPs should be in House ‘as impotent as the rest of MPs’, party says

The PSNI said  that police inquiries were continuing.

23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and drug possession

Arlene Foster welcomed the move to suspend the UK parliament. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

SDLP leader describes British prime minister’s move as action of ‘tin-pot dictator’

Twenty staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital suspended to date

Spectators are tended to after a lightning strike on the East Lake Golf Club course left several injured during the Tour Championship, in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Photograph: AP Photo/John Amis

Ryan Murphy was struck while following Rory McIlory at Atlanta golf course

A police roadblock close to the scene near Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, where a device was detonated on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

PSNI detains men over bomb incidents believed to be connected to Continuity IRA

The PSNI says they have received a report of fraud and enquiries are continuing.

Sum involved reported to be in the region of £200,000, according to newspaper report

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I think the letter that the prime minister has sent to President Tusk explains very clearly why the backstop cannot be entered into.” Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Boris Johnson letter to EU president terms backstop ‘unviable’ and ‘anti-democratic’

PSNI Spt Lorraine Dobson: ‘This was not a sign of respect. This was a criminal act with no regard for the wider wishes of lawabiding people.’ Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Incident happened at funeral of former IRA man convicted over corporals’ murder

Forensics examining the scene outside a petrol station in Co Down where a murder investigation has begun. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Killing may be linked to gangland drugs feud in the Lurgan-Portadown-Banbridge area

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

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