Ahead of the Tour of North parade the Orange Order lost a High Court bid to overturn conditions imposed by the Parades Commission including not being allowed to play songs within “earshot” of St Patrick’s Church. Photograph: Reuters

The first major parade of the North’s marching season has passed off peacefully in Belfast. The bands involved in the Orange Order’s annual Tour of th(...)

The  bomb attack happened at 12.45am this morning near the Holy Cross Church (above) in Belfast, sparking a security alert for several hours. The PSNI blamed dissident republicans.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An explosive device thrown at police officers early this morning near a Catholic church in Northern Ireland was designed to kill, a senior commander (...)