Prior to Peter Weir’s announcement, the Stormont Assembly had already been recalled for a hearing on Thursday to discuss school reopening issue. Photograph: iStock

Eleven new deaths and 1,929 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in Northern Ireland, according to the North’s Department of (...)

North Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: This is no  time for “societal complacency”.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/PA

British medical regulators may be in a position to approve a second Covid-19 vaccine within days, the North’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has told(...)

DUP Minister for Agriculture Edwin Poots has warned that ‘Northern Ireland plc’ could be badly damaged by the Northern Ireland protocol in the UK-EU Brexit withdrawal agreement. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A DUP Minister has warned that “Northern Ireland plc” could be badly damaged by the Northern Ireland protocol in the UK-EU Brexit withdrawal agreement(...)

Micheal Martin during a media briefing.”It will pass. We will make it through this pandemic,” he said. PhotographTom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government has announced a nationwide ban on visits to homes or gardens in almost all circumstances, except for providing care to children or elde(...)

Robin Swann, Northern Ireland’s health minister,   said the app would be launched “imminently”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The North’s health minister Robin Swann has told Stormont Assembly members that a new smartphone app designed to combat the spread of coronavirus is t(...)

A smartphone app designed to combat the spread of coronavirus is to be launched “imminently” in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

There were no further deaths related to Covid-19 and 14 new cases reported in the State on Wednesday. The number of deaths in the State stands at 1,7(...)

Clare Bailey MLA has  joined the three Green TDs who are opposed to the draft programme for government – Francis Duffy, Patrick Costello and Neasa Hourigan – and a number of other prominent members to make a statement on it.

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has become the latest high-profile member on the island to state her opposition to the draft progra(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster said the DUP motion addressed the “distressing issue” of the abortion of foetuses with Down’s syndrome. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

The Northern Catholics bishops have written to Stormont Assembly members calling on them to reject new abortion legislation for Northern Ireland that (...)

While chief medical officer Tony Holohan is seen as co-operating well with the North, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is accused of not sharing information in advance. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In Northern Ireland, some politicians and officials are finding it difficult to “decode” what is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s – and indeed the Irish Gover(...)

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: he is talking to his Northern  counterpart Michael McBride five times daily.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Inside the grey and modern building that houses the North-South Ministerial Council on Upper English Street in Armagh, political leaders from both sid(...)

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