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Former DUP special adviser Tim Cairns appearing at the NI Assembly, Belfast. Photograph: NI Assembly/PA Wire

Two former DUP special advisers are at odds over whether a bid was made to delay cutting the cost of a botched green energy scheme in Northern Ireland(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The European Union should scrap national vetoes on tax, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. In his annual state-of-the-union ad(...)

Statistics show that consistent childhood poverty is most pronounced among single-parent and Traveller families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Using the upcoming budget to end child poverty, as Barnardos suggests, may be too big a creative leap for the Government. But it would cost a relative(...)

Across the UK, detention rates have increased fivefold since the now prime minister, Theresa May, took the helm of the Home Office in 2010. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A record number of citizens from European Union member states were detained on immigration grounds and deported from Northern Ireland in 2016, the yea(...)

Naked Bacon,  made without cancer-causing nitrites, has been developed by Finnebrogue Artisan in Northern Ireland.

An Irish food-processing company has produced what it claims to be the first rasher in Ireland without nitrite preservatives, which have been linked t(...)

Sir Keir Starmer: ‘The message I hope to send the prime minister is that Ireland cannot pay the price of your failed negotiating strategy’ Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Ireland cannot pay the price of a no-deal Brexit as a result of Theresa May’s “failed negotiating strategy”, the UK’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir(...)

‘In this field of healing, flanked by row upon row of flagpoles set five feet apart, we can stretch out our arms and touch two lives at a time, lest we forget what happened on September 11th, 2001.’

I have yet to be disappointed by what happens when my online world collides with its “real” counterpart. Landing on the virtual doorsteps of people in(...)

The number of people out of work in the North increased slightly to bring its jobless rate into line with the UK average of 4%. Photograph: Getty Images

Unemployment is slowly creeping up from record low levels in the North, with latest government figures showing the number of people out of work in Nor(...)

Inquiry chair  said the ‘clear inference’ was that Cairns was prepared to modify his comments about Jonathan Bell (pictured) to protect   Peter Robinson. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former DUP special adviser involved in a botched green energy scheme has said Stormont politics was a grubby world. Tim Cairns has claimed the Nor(...)

Jane Duffy, Brendan Fay, Hannah Whelan and Liam Doherty (and family) are some of the many Irish immigrants who have shared their stories with the Queens Irish Oral History Project over the past four years. Photographs: Kevin McGann

The Irish in America are a diverse group. They came across the Atlantic from all backgrounds, for love, employment, opportunity, education, escape, (...)

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