Simon Hamilton, who has been appointed the new Minister of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland

A 36-year-old former auditor with PwC in Belfast has been appointed as Northern Ireland’s new Minister for Finance.Simon Hamilton, the DUP MLA for the(...)

Armoured vehicles gather around a burnt out car on the shore road after the police came under attack from loyalists throwing petrol bombs on the fourth night of unrest after an Orange Parade was blocked from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area in North Belfast. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

US vice president Joe Biden has told Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness that he is deeply co(...)

A PSNI Police officer in full riot gear is helped by colleagues after being injured in a confrontation with loyalists in north Belfast, after an Orange July 12th parade was stopped from passing a Nationalist area. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire.

The PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has drafted in an additional 400 officers from Britain to support his force after the Twelfth of July rioting in(...)

DUP blocks inquiry

In some ways it’s reassuring to see the Northern Ireland Assembly tearing strips off ministers about housing maintenance contracts. It’s what we call (...)

Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been recalled to meet in special session to discuss allegations of political interference aired in a BBC television (...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly said the agency was committed to providing more funding to Northern Ireland debtors, in addition to the £123 million which has already been approved. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) is investing £15 million (€18 million) in an office development in Belfast as part of its ongoing effort t(...)

Playing politics

There is no doubt that it was galling and painful to Ann Travers to see conferred on a woman who had a part in her sister’s 1984 murder the political (...)

Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)

President Michael D Higgins begins inspection of Captains Guard with General O’Giollain at the beginning of the Famine Commemoration ceremony in Kilrush Co Clare today. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

The sixth annual National Famine Commemoration Ceremony took place today in Kilrush, Co Clare, a town that lost as much as half it’s population(...)

Dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers Donald O’Reilly and Keith McQuillan search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim,  March 26th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Farmers swamped by heavy snowfalls in the North this spring could receive hardship payments by the end of June, it was revealed. Thousand(...)

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