David McCourt’s company has been shortlisted for Project Stratum, the North’s £165 million broadband rollout project, after the initial stage of procurement. File photograph: Jason Clarke

Granahan McCourt, the Government’s preferred bidder for the €3 billion National Broadband Plan (NBP), has been confirmed as one of the lead bidders fo(...)

Fracking extracts natural gas by drilling into rocks and injecting pressurised water, sand and various chemicals to force out the gas. Photograph: Getty Images

A fracking ban in the Republic introduced two years ago will effectively be rendered “null and void” if Northern Ireland authorities grant permission (...)

UK officials working with the Northern Ireland civil service drew up a list of 145 areas of North-South co-operation under the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The sheer scale of the challenge facing this island in the event of a no-deal Brexit has been itemised in two important documents published recently. (...)

Crowded classroom where 248 children are taught at once in a Belfast school: Northern Ireland urgently needs to reform its educational system to deliver better results for children of all abilities and backgrounds.

At the birth of the State, the education system north and south of the Border was similar, with universal free primary education, and a fee-paying pos(...)

A file image of Oxford, home to one of England’s best known universities. Irish students planning to start university in the UK in the coming academic year will not face a hike in fees regardless of whether there is a hard Brexit, Ministers have said. File image: Getty.

Irish students planning to start university in the UK in the coming academic year will not face a hike in fees regardless of whether there is a hard B(...)

Brexit costs: the effect of the UK’s departure from the EU is an issue for Irish students contemplating submitting Ucas applications. Photograph: iStock

I’m hoping to study a course in the UK next year. Given the growing uncertainty over Brexit, and the potential impact on course fees, I’m not sure whe(...)

A man walking past a mural in Belfast which refers  to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme  and DUP leader  Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cutting payments under the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in the North was a lawful step to prevent potential overspend of close to £70(...)

Pictured with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor are, from left, Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO InterTradeIreland, Aidan Gough, director of strategy and policy, InterTradeIreland; and Margaret Hearty, director of operations, InterTradeIreland

Northern Irish businesses are keenly aware of the need to prepare for Britain’s imminent departure from the EU, but InterTradeIreland’s latest quarter(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: meeting with Northern parties will  try to advance the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May will meet the five main Northern Ireland parties in Downing Street on Thursday to try to advance the prospects of r(...)

Jonathan Bell claimed a senior civil servant in the Department for the Economy told him that had DUP special advisers not interfered in the RHI scheme, its cost could have been halved. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The DUP has dismissed a claim that a brother of a party special adviser had a job installing boilers under the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (...)

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