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The burnt out double decker bus in Church Road near Rathcoole in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, after it was hijacked and set on fire near a loyalist estate on the outskirts of Belfast. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Several evening bus services in the Belfast area are set to remain suspended or diverted following two hijackings in a week. About 40-50 per cent of (...)

 All three are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday. File photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Police investigating the recent spate of ATM thefts have charged three men. The three, aged 33, 37 and 41, have been charged with a burglary at an AT(...)

‘When the Good Friday Agreement was painstakingly achieved I felt it had an almost poetic complexity,’ writes Michael Longley. ’You might say that today Northern Irish politics more often resemble bad prose.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two quotations – possibly (maybe even probably) the two best-known poetic references to the Troubles and peace process – are cited a number of times i(...)

Rev Mairisíne Stanfield (53) minister of First Presbyterian Church, Bangor in Co Down since 2013.

For the first time the Presbyterian Church in Ireland may be about to elect its first female Moderator, or principal public representative. Election(...)

Two men were arrested by the PSNI on Thursday in connection with an alleged hate crime after a group of people dressed as Ku Klux Klan members posed o(...)

People dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes protesting outside a mosque in Newtownards. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Police are investigating a possible hate crime following the report of a group dressed as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members in Newtownards, Co Down at the we(...)

Police oversee anti-fascist protest against Britain First in Newtownards, Co Down. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Controversial independent unionist councillor Jolene Bunting has been “proscribed” from the far-right Britain First group following a public row. Bri(...)

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

Parades to commemorate the 228th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne concluded peacefully throughout Northern Ireland on Thursday evening following(...)

British astronaut Tim Peake says he believes alien life exists in the cosmos and that humans will set foot on Mars. Photograph: John Linton/PA Wire.

“Absolutely yes,” was the response of astronaut Tim Peake when asked if he believed humans would eventually land on Mars. It was another emphatic “ye(...)

 Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of Joanne Thompson, who was found by a relative at her home in Newtownards on Wednesday morning. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

The PSNI has appealed for information following the death of a 33-year-old mother of four children in Newtownards, Co Down. Police are treating as su(...)

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