The Cabinet has agreed to a €1,000 tax-free ex gratia payment to frontline health workers in clinical settings, but it will not be afforded to all roles. Photograph: iStock

It is now looking like the beginning of the end rather than the end of the beginning. Omicron has swept through the country like a hurricane. With 2.6(...)

Belfast port. goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain rose by a fifth last year, according to the CSO. Photograph: Port of Belfast/PA Wire

Goods entering the Republic from Britain fell by a fifth last year, according to the Central Statistics Office. At the same time, goods entering Nor(...)

DUP First Minister Paul Givan confirmed on social media that the isolation period for Covid-19 cases in the North is to be reduced. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The self-isolation period for people who test positive for Covid-19 in the North is to be reduced from seven days to five, according to Northern Irela(...)

Under current rules, if DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson wins a seat in the Assembly in the election in May, he would have to step down as an MP, causing a byelection that his party could struggle to win.  Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The abolition of the dual mandate – that a politician could take up seats in more than one elected chamber at the one time – was an unambiguously posi(...)

 British PM Boris Johnson has announced the withdrawal of a controversial amendment. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK parliament/AFP via Getty Images

The British prime minister has said a controversial UK government amendment which would have reintroduced so-called double-jobbing for politicians in (...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said the double-jobbing plan was to ‘shore up’ the DUP. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The leaders of six of the North’s political parties have written an open letter to the British prime minister warning that plans to reinstate so-calle(...)

MLAs and MPs take part in a silent vigil on the steps of Parliament Buildings, Stormont, for Ashling Murphy. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Politicians in Northern Ireland have paid tribute to murdered primary school teacher Ashling Murphy. Assembly members from across the political spec(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson speaks to the media about the  move to reintroduce dual mandate. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The DUP leader has denied there is any deal between his party and the UK government to bring back so-called double-jobbing for politicians in Northern(...)

Boris Johnson appeared to be unassailable in October. Now the Tories are looking towards their next leader

Last weekend, Boris Johnson was relishing his latest escape after he misled his ethics adviser, Christopher Geidt, over the lavish refurbishment (...)

A one-off payment of £200 will be made automatically to around 280,000 eligible people in receipt of specified benefits to help with energy costs. Photograph: iStock

The Stormont Executive has agreed a £55 million scheme to subsidise households badly hit by rising energy costs. A one-off payment of £200 will be ma(...)

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