The death of Joshua Hill has caused deep shock in the tight-knit Carlingford community, a local councillor said. Photograph: RIP.ie

Tributes have been paid to a 10-year-old boy who died in an apparent drowning at a house in Carlingford, Co Louth on Thursday morning. A post mortem (...)

SDLP leader  Colum Eastwood: a “new union of Ireland” could offer Protestants an equal voice in an  inclusive, diverse and prosperous society where they could “be proud to be from the north of Ireland”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The SDLP is open to the idea of a “new union of Ireland” rather than a “united Ireland”, the party leader has said, following the call by leading acto(...)

Fracking extracts natural gas by drilling into rocks and injecting pressurised water, sand and various chemicals to force out the gas. Photograph: Getty Images

A fracking ban in the Republic introduced two years ago will effectively be rendered “null and void” if Northern Ireland authorities grant permission (...)

President Michael D Higgins with mourners at the funeral of civil rights leader Ivan Cooper, who died  aged 75 on Wednesday  following a long illness. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Northern Ireland civil rights leader Ivan Cooper believed “to his last breath” that a better future was possible, President Michael D Higgins said, af(...)

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: ‘That is the one big lesson of Brexit. A referendum without a plan is stupid. So a referendum on unity must be set in a thoughtful inclusive process which sets out a programme of sustainable options, including phases of transition’. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said the Government has a duty to plan for Irish unity. Writing in his weekly blog, Mr Adams expressed confid(...)

Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, and Michelle O’Neill, vice president of Sinn Féin. Uncertainty at Westminster and over Brexit form the backdrop to the latest effort to negotiate a deal between the main Stormont parties. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has expressed disappointment the beginning of a proposed “intensive” stage of the talks to restore the Northern Ireland Assembly amounted to(...)

The vehicle is believed to have been stolen in the Oakfield Avenue area of the city.

A man has died after a stolen car caught fire in Derry. The vehicle reportedly struck a lamppost in Fairview Road early on Saturday morning, police s(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley speaking to the media outside Stormont House as as attempts to restore power-sharing at Stormont continues. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments are striving to persuade the North’s five main parties to strike a deal to restore Stormont before the loyalist marc(...)

Alliance leader Naomi Long says her European victory was in large part driven by a public wish to see devolution restored. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The extraordinary rise in support for Alliance in Northern Ireland represents a strong vote to restore Stormont. There is no paradox with this having (...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

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