Police attending the scene of a suspected shooting in West Belfast Glen Road close to St Mary’s grammar School. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two men arrested in connection with the death of a father who was shot while waiting for his son outside a Belfast school have been released without c(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significan(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the launch of  the party’s general election campaign  in east Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has not ruled out agreeing to an Irish language Act. Speaking in east Belfast where she launched the (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at a meeting with a delegation of Irish language speakers at Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said was left feeling “uplifted” after meeting Irish language pupils in Co Down. She met staff and students at Our Lady’(...)

‘Looking back now, the Leaving Cert exams were very predictable. But at the time it was the be-all, end-all that was going to decide my future. Now when I think about it, so many people in my [law] class came in through different access routes; it is not the only way to get into college.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Michael McGrath (19), attended Presentation Brothers College, Cork; now studying European Studies at Trinity College Dublin “I didn’t put myself under(...)