The council said the sign which says ‘Gleann na Fuinseoige’ - the Irish placename for Ashdale - had been erected on railings without planning consent. Photograph: Twitter

An woman in her 80s has been told by a local authority in Co Antrim she may face prosecution for erecting an Irish language street sign outside her ho(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May to implement an Irish language act in Northern Ireland.

More than 200 people from the political, academic, legal, arts and sporting worlds have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Th(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘the DUP are very much bedded and wedded all the time to the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has dismissed concerns in the UK over the backstop element to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. “The backstop will never (...)

The Black Mamba, the largest venomous snake in Africa. The researchers found strong evidence that venoms have evolved to be more potent toward animals that are more closely related to their diet

Irish researchers have revealed why the venom of some snakes makes them more deadly than others – and how venom has evolved depending on where they li(...)

Alex Younger, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service  –  known as MI6 –  at the University of St Andrews on Monday in Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

The head of the UK’s secret service, Alex Younger, signalled security concerns over the Chinese telecoms group Huawei in a rare speech that underlined(...)

The Open will be held at Carnoustie later this month. Photograph: Getty Images

The prize fund for this year’s Open Championship has increased by €212,000 ($250,000) to a total of €8.9 million ($10.5 million), with the winner set (...)

Judging underway at the Artisan Cheese Awards in Melton Mowbray

Irish cheesemakers won 14 gold awards, 12 silver and 24 bronze, at the Artisan Cheese Awards in England, with Coolea Extra Matured taking the reserve (...)

Top of the table Glennane playing third-placed Three Rock Rovers  will be the game of the weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In golfing terms, Saturday is moving day. For all of the four clubs taking place in the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals on Saturday it is move on or move(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, pictured in 2003, who died last month. Photograph:  Alistair Linford/PA

Irish-born Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was once the Catholic Church’s most senior cleric in Britain, asked in his will for forgiveness from those he o(...)

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