Northern  Secretary Karen Bradley. The DUP is not  pleased by her declaration  that Dublin would have an input into direct rule  under  the Belfast and St Andrews agreements. Photograph: Getty Images

The declaration by Sir Mark Sedwill, Whitehall’s most senior civil servant, that Northern Ireland faces direct rule from London if the UK quits the Eu(...)

The head of the UK civil service has said that the powers granted to the Northern Secretary would not be enough to govern in the North, in the absence of a functioning Stormont executive. File photograph: Paul Faith

A Sinn Féin MP has said there must be no return to direct rule from Westminster after Britain’s most senior civil servant warned that such a situation(...)

Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The UK government is under pressure to clarify immigration rules that human rights activists say undermine the rights of Northern Ireland-born Irish c(...)

The PSNI said on Wednesday it is carrying out inquiries into the 20 second video which is believed to have been filmed in a bar in Belfast. Photograph: iStock

The behaviour of some people singing anti-Catholic songs was totally uncharacteristic of where Northern Ireland football is at the moment, the head of(...)

The powers of the Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley, have been expanded since the assembly was suspended. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The head of the senior civil servants’ union has called for direct rule to be imposed in Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Dave Penm(...)

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called on the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. Mr Donaldson made the comments as he attended the Fine Gael na(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald pictured taking part in New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Twitter

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has been widely criticised by politicians for marching behind an anti-English banner in New York’s St Patrick’s (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster:  “I will be relaying the frustration amongst people . . . about a lack of devolution.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she will use her visit to Washington for St Patrick’s week events to brief people there that her party was seeki(...)

Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her teenage daughter Allison were killed at Glin Ree Court in Newry on Thursday.

Police investigating the deaths of a mother and daughter whose bodies were discovered in Newry on Thursday believe both were strangled. The PSNI on F(...)

Police forensic officers at Glin Ree Court in Newry, Co Down, where the bodies of a man, a woman and a teenage girl were discovered in a flat on Thursday morning. Phototgraph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Glin Ree Court apartment complex, on the main road out of Newry towards Belfast, is but a few hundred meters from the town’s large police station. Bu(...)

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