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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called on the British and Irish governments to make decisions for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called on the British and Irish governments to make decisions for Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he regrets comments he made in 2015 when he said he had an exit strategy from politics because he ‘definitely’ wanted to do something else. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has changed his plan to step down from politics by the time he’s 51, insisting he will be around for as long as he is wanted. (...)

Ryan Butler is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Photograph: iStock

A pubgoer was left with “severe” facial injuries after being attacked for intervening in a row over spilt nuts, the High Court heard today. The man s(...)

Irish Rail sponsorship was criticised in light of deferred  maintenance of tracks due to a lack of resources and fact workers had not had a pay rise for 10 years.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The chairman of Irish Rail has criticised the controversial €20,000 sponsorship by the cash-strapped company of an angling event in Northern Ireland f(...)

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The leaders of the Christian churches made no mention of the forthcoming abortion referendum in their traditional New Year message. The referendum i(...)

Jacqueline McCready pictured at her home at Dunvere Gardens in Eglinton. Photograph: Trevor McBride

This year, Jeanette Morrow cooked a full Christmas dinner for five - in a caravan. She and her husband Alwyn are among 11 families in Eglinton, Co D(...)

Starter binocular options at about €120 can greatly enhance your observations. Photograph: ZenShui/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images

Very few people are entirely indifferent to birds, and most of us find them an occasional source of some brief wonder and delight. Even the most comm(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

Salvator Mundi, by Leonardo da Vinci, became the most expensive painting ever sold at auction when it made $450 million at Christie’s, New York in November.

King of the World Gloria in excelsis Deo! Salvator Mundi, a newly-discovered painting of Jesus Christ as ‘Saviour of the World’, by Leonardo da Vinci(...)

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