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Dissident Fine Gael TDs and senators including former Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton have tabled a motion calling on the Oireachtas to reform the Seanad if next week’s referendum is defeated

Dissident Fine Gael TDs and senators including former Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton have tabled a motion calling on the Oireachtas to reform the S(...)

Bombardier employees and guests watch the C-Series aircraft taxi on the runway for its first test flight in Mirabel, Quebec. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Bombardier’s new C-Series jet took to the skies yesterday on its maiden flight – bringing hope to its Belfast workforce about that the future A loud c(...)

The Bombardier C-series test flight will take off from Mirabel airport north of Montreal tomorrow, the company said.

Bombardier, the aerospace company that has a major plant in Belfast, has said that its C-series jet will fly for the first time tomorrow. .The announc(...)

Seamus Heaney did not confine himself to poetry. A respected critic, he also was a distinguished academic and his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, Irish and Anglo-Saxon reflect the extent of his learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Born: April 13th, 1939; Died: August 30th, 2013The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was described by Robert Lowell as “the most imp(...)

From left: Insp Robert Murdie of the PSNI; Andrew Irvine, Belfast city centre manager; Tom Smith of Belfast City Centre Management;  Stewart McConnell, Castlecourt Shopping Centre. Photograph: Press Eye

Belfast traders and the PSNI have devised a new ‘hot alert’ scheme to try to deal with “serial and professional” shoplifters who are costing businesse(...)

 Professor Diarmuid Ferriter told the MacGill summer school that the abolition of the Seanad would be a grubby power-grab by the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Irish Republic remains dominated by centralised powers and “unaccountable elites”, UCD historian Diarmaid Ferriter has told the MacGill summer sch(...)

US president Barack Obama is expected to urge  Northern Ireland schoolchildren to work for a more shared society, and to call for  the eventual removal of Belfast’s peace walls. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

US president Barack Obama visits Belfast this morning to press for renewed efforts to end community division in Northern Ireland. Accompanied by Miche(...)

Chief superintendent Alan McCrum, silver commander for Belfast during G8 outlines security measures.

The PSNI is “quietly optimistic” that protests planned before the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh will be peaceful.Chief Supt Alan McCrum, outlining plans (...)

Eamon Eastwood, Taste Ireland in Australia

It started with a bedroom full of cheese and onion crisps, but now anyone in Australia buying Tayto, Barry’s tea or McDonnell’s curry sauce can(...)

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The census shows the NI population is also becoming more “Catholic” in the broadest sense. About 52 per cent of those normally resident in Northern Ireland and who were or are being raised as Catholics are under the age of 35. The equivalent figure for the Protestant community is 40 per cent.

New census data just released shows Northern Ireland society is slowly becoming more diverse. The population has (...)

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