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 (...)

 Dr Andrew McCormick provided more than 1,100 pages of written evidence, documentation and annexes to the RHI inquiry. Photograph: PA

A sorry tale of failure, fury and farce emerged from the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry after three days of evidence from senior Stormont civil serv(...)

Dr Andrew McCormick gives evidence to the public accounts committee in the Assembly, Stormont, on Wednesday. Photograph: PA Wire

A senior Stormont civil servant has named a DUP special adviser who he suspected was involved in exerting pressure to continue the overgenerous cash-(...)

John Robinson has confirmed his now father-in-law availed of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, having earlier denied a family link to the scheme. Photograph: Getty

A DUP special adviser has confirmed that his now father-in-law availed of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. On Monday, John Robinson, a form(...)

There was a lot of spinning in Stormont on Monday, and the strong line from Sinn Féin was that the controversy had moved way beyond “cash-for-ash”

Did the nuclear button have to be pressed by Sinn Féin? Yes, according to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. No, said Arlene Foster. It was the ca(...)

The non-domestic element of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme  was described as “cash for ash” or “the more you burn the more you earn”. File photograph: Getty Images

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme? The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme was set up in November 2012, and run by the North’s Department of Ent(...)

More than £1 billion of public money is to be paid to Northern Ireland-based businesses by 2036 after they installed new appliances under the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which is now closed. File photograph: Getty Images

A Northern Ireland farmer is allegedly in line to receive £1 million (€1.19 million) of public money over the next 20 years for heating an empty shed (...)

Canadian aerospace group Bombardier plans to add to the North’s unemployment woes with a potential 630 job losses

A new minister for the economy is about to be appointed in the North amid clear warnings about the challenges ahead, with 500 in Ballymena, Co Antrim,(...)

Protests had been staged at the Belcoo site amid fears the controversial fracking technique would be used if large reserves of gas were found.

Two Stormont departments could be facing a billion pound lawsuit over thwarted plans to drill for shale gas in Co Fermanagh, it emerged today.Lawyers (...)

Giant’s Causeway, Co Antrim. Alan Clarke said knowledge of destinations such as Dublin, Cork and Kerry was well developed in Britain, while the NI brand needed a bit more promotion. Photograph: John Lawrence/Getty

Steps taken to boost tourism in Northern Ireland will be undermined if the sector is hit hard by Stormont funding cuts, the retiring head of its touri(...)