A “pretend” butcher’s  shop in the village of Belcoo, Co Fermanagh. Some vacant stores and shops in the village have large wraparound stickers placed on the windows to give the impression from a distance of an occupied business. The G8 summit will take place in nearby Lough Erne resort. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fermanagh council has rejected suggestions its spending of public funds on improvement works in the county is aimed at hiding the effects of the reces(...)

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 (...)

The Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister, said the Bill was designed to “right a great wrong”.

A Bill that prevents people convicted of serious criminal or paramilitary offences from holding special advisory posts for Northern Executive Minister(...)

Loyalist protesters demonstrate against restrictions on flying Britain’s union flag from Belfast City Hall in central Belfast in January. Attacks and threats against politicians over the removal of the union flag from Belfast City Hall were likened to a “pogrom” after  the Alliance Party was targeted by loyalist rioters.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Two days of talks on the policing of Belfast public order events with a history of large-scale unrest have produced a commitment to non-violenc(...)

Louth Council handout artist’s impression of the Narrow Water Bridge project, which will link Omeath in Co Louth with Warrenpoint in Co Down. Photograph: Louth Council/PA Wire

The proposed Narrow Water Bridge project, which advocates say could regenerate the economy of the north Louth / south Down Border region is in (...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the annual Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Micheál Martin has always taken more interest in the North than the average Fianna Fáil politician. Long before he became party leader, h(...)

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State T(...)

An artist’s impression of the 660m Narrow Water bridge, which would span the neck of Carlingford Lough and would link Down and Louth just outside Warrenpoint to the north and Omeath to the south. The bridge could also open to allow boats to access the Newry Canal and the Albert Basin in the city. Photograph: Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland.

Planners have given the go-ahead for a controversial €18 million cross-Border infrastructure project backed in the main by EU funding. However,(...)

Michéal Martin said that “In the Northern Executive, Sinn Fé
e
in and DUP ministers show no interest in using their strength to bridge differences 
—
- in fact they do the exact opposite.”

Stormont’s ruling political parties have created a dangerous vacuum in Northern Ireland by failing to fulfil the promise of peace and reconcili(...)

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