Rathcoole housing estate of Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

In Rathcoole, the scorch marks on the tarmac show where a bus was hijacked and burnt out on Sunday night in what has been linked to loyalist oppositio(...)

The burnt-out double decker bus in Church Road near Rathcoole in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim after it was hijacked and set on fire near a loyalist estate on the outskirts of Belfast on Sunday.  Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has warned that “significant gaps remain” between the UK and EU over the Northern Ireland protocol following a meeting w(...)

Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. The North’s Minister for Justice has condemned a ‘chilling’ threat from loyalist paramilitaries. File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

The North’s Minister for Justice has condemned the “chilling” threat from loyalist paramilitaries that Irish Government Ministers and officials are no(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson arrives at the party’s headquarters in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP party officers are expected to meet as early as Saturday to agree a timetable for choosing a new party leader. Jeffrey Donaldson is widely regar(...)

Church leaders from both communities gather at a gate in the peace wall at Larnark Way in west Belfast calling for the recent nightly violence to stop. Photograph: Paul Faith/ AFP via Getty

Loyalist paramilitaries are warning of a “spectacular collective failure” to understand unionist anger in the North, as they denied any involvement in(...)

A file photograph of Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar meeting the Grand Secretary of the Orange Lodge, Rev Mervyn Gibson at Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

North-South relations will fall into a “downward spiral” unless unionist anger over the Northern Ireland protocol is addressed, a senior Orangeman has(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster was accused of sitting down with the Loyalist Communities Council and ‘seeking common cause in your opposition against the protocol’. Photograph: PA

Continuing controversy over the Northern Ireland protocol has triggered edgy exchanges in the Northern Assembly between First Minister Arlene Foster a(...)

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster reacted angrily to remarks by Fine Gael Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

The North’s First Minister accused the Minister for Foreign Affairs of “ignoring” unionists and called on him to reflect on his language as the politi(...)

A loyalist sign in Lurgan, Co Armagh, about the Belfast Agreement amid tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A community organisation which represents former loyalist paramilitaries has called for “calm and rational” engagement to lower tensions and solve iss(...)

The family of Séamus Ludlow. From left: nephew Eoin Larkin, nephew Michael Donelan, nephew Thomas Fox, nephew Brendan Ludlow and solicitor Gavin Booth, Phoenix Law. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has given commitments to re-examine the case of a man shot dead more than 40 years ago in a suspected loyalist paramili(...)

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