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News 31.10.2007  Drinks for new survey on alcohol. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has shelved plans to ban the sponsorship of sporting events by drinks companies but it will proceed with the introduction of a minim(...)

The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In the course of a broad-ranging address to the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synods on October 15th, 2013, my overall theme was: change and cons(...)

Burning debris blocks the Newtownards Road in East Belfast on January 5th of this year as part of the Union flag protests. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Any resurgence of the Union flag protests would have disastrous consequences for Christmas trade in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice(...)

North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton announces new £250 million children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA Wire

A new £250 million (€295 million) “state-of-the-art” children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal Hospital in Belfast, the North’s Mini(...)

Research shows approximately one in four primary school children are overweight or obese, with 6 per cent of three-year-olds classed as being obese.   Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Children need to eat less and move more to beat the obesity epidemic sweeping Ireland, medics have warned. Parents have been called on to make practic(...)

“I think the Taoiseach is ignoring the North and is not giving it the degree of detailed attention that he should,”says  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ignored and neglected Northern Ireland, and the North-South agenda has been progressively undermined, Fianna Fáil leader Mich(...)

Drug testing kit: research suggests that cannabis is the most commonly taken illegal drug but new evidence points to the growing popularity of legal highs or so-called designer drugs which mimic the effects of Class A drugs

Look at the person in the cubicle or desk next to you. Is there any way you could tell simply by looking at them if they may have taken an illicit or (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  is welcomed to the dinner by Tyrone manager Micky Harte (right) with Chairman of the Ulster GAA Martin McAviney (second left) and Secretary Ulster GAA Danny Murphy.  Photograph : Paul Faith/PA Wire

Peter Robinson’s speech at a dinner honouring the peace-building work of the GAA shows how things are “moving forward”, the former president of the sp(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt who told delegates at his party’s conference that Sinn Fein was ‘not always right’.

The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has proposed the creation of an international mental health centre as an alternative to the Maze peace a(...)

Kieran McLaughlin (58) gestures to family and friends, as he leaves Derry Magistrates court in Derry, he was arrested by police after a week long search,and charged with the murder of Barry McCrory. Photograph: PA

Supporters have cheered a man as he arrived at court in Northern Ireland to face murder charges.Kieran McLaughlin (58) from Elaghmore Park in Galliagh(...)

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