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Ms Jenny Pyper will be in charge as Brexit is due to completed.

Northern Ireland’s recently retired Utility Regulator chief executive Jenny Pyper has been appointed interim head of the Northern Ireland Civil Servic(...)

People walk past The Kitchen Bar at Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland enters a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown on Friday designed to arrest the spread of coronavirus. From Friday, pubs, restaurants, n(...)

Fears of food shortages will result in panic buying in the North as there had been because of Covid, Doug Beattie told Stormont committee. Photograph:  Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty

Northern Ireland faces “civil unrest” if panic breaks out over feared food shortages as a result of Brexit, a Stormont committee has heard. Ulster Un(...)

Hospital bed occupancy remains high in Northern Ireland at 99 per cent, according to the Department of Health, with 445 patients receiving treatment for Covid-19.

By spring Covid-19 vaccines should be doing the “heavy lifting” to combat the incidence of the virus, the North’s chief medical officer Dr Michael McB(...)

Arlene Foster said while Ministers did not want to introduce further restrictions   ‘it was necessary, unfortunately, to protect our health service’.  File photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister has defended the decision to introduce tough new lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus only a week after les(...)

The North’s comptroller and auditor general Kieran Donnelly:  said the civil service must transform how it plans, recruits, manages and develops its workforce

The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS), which has been without a head since August, is now at a “crossroads” and struggling to provide “business as(...)

A plan by Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann to extend Covid-19 restrictions for two weeks was blocked by the DUP.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA.

The North’s First Minister and Deputy First Minister disagreed in the Assembly on Monday over the DUP’s use of a cross-community veto last week to blo(...)

Dr Tom Black, pictured in Derry, said the decision by politicians to relax restrictions gave a message to health workers: ‘we are abandoning you’. File photograph: Trevor McBride

The North’s Minister for Health has warned that lifting Covid-19 restrictions is a “gamble” and further measures will be needed “probably” before Chri(...)

Goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, and the rest of the world, will need to meet EU rules on food safety. Photograph: iStock

The UK is proposing a grace period for export declarations for goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland after the end of the Brexit transition pe(...)

‘There is now a decision and what we need to do is tell the public what that decision is and ask the public again to try to work with us.’ Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“You must be depressed today listening to these two,” Alliance Party Assembly member Kellie Armstrong remarked to host William Crawley on BBC Radio Ul(...)

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