The North’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: “The lack of discussion on this important issue in the Executive Committee means that I have been left with no choice but to issue the direction”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

The Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis has instructed the Northern Executive to make full abortion services available in Northern Ireland no later than (...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu secured nine nominations to run as a candidate in the Seanad byelection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister of State and Green Party TD Pippa Hackett has said Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu’s decision to run for the Seanad as an independent candidat(...)

Hazel Chu was endorsed by several Green Party politicians. File photograph: The Irish Times

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin has signed nomination papers for Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu whose nomination for the Seanad the party h(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi led the democracy struggle despite years under house arrest and and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. File photograph: Getty

Western leaders condemned the coup by Myanmar’s military against Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government and hundreds of thousands of he(...)

Approval for the scheme was given after previous consent given in the absence of a minister was quashed. Photograph: iStock

A group of landowners has launched a new legal bid to block a major cross-Border electricity line. Papers lodged at the High Court in Belfast challe(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

Former FAI chief executive  John Delaney. It was hoped his position as chair of Uefa’s youth and amateur football committee would help the bid smooth over its shortcomings. Photograph:  Laura Hutton

The joint bid by Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) to stage the 2023 European Under-21 Championships loo(...)

Minster for Sport Shane Ross. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The FAI is expected to lay bare the extent of its financial plight on Thursday when its accounts for 2018 are published at a press conference in Dubli(...)

Proposed reorganisation could have a ‘significant effect’ on the working lives of gardaí

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has raised concerns over the “downgrading” of roads policing within the radical shake-up of An Garda Síochána announce(...)

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