BWG’s IT director Chris Donnelly at Spar Cherrywood using the new checkout-free technology from MishiPay.

BWG, the company behind Spar in Ireland, has begun trialling new technology that allows shoppers to pick up a product, scan the barcode with their sma(...)

Grainne McIlvar, principal of Ballyhackett Primary School near Castlerock in Co Derry. Photograph: Steven McAuley

At Lisnagelvin Primary School in Derry, principal Colin Torrens has been doing the sums. His dilemma: how to fit 600 pupils, usually divided into clas(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and vice-president Michelle O’Neill were clearly meant to at least refresh the appearance of the old firm of Adams and McGuinness. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The road from “the armed struggle” to constitutional politics has been long and twisting. North and South Sinn Féin faces hostility rooted in past vio(...)

Prof  Colin Harvey is one of more than 1,000 signatures on an open letter to Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker Press

In 2017, Niall Murphy found himself having the same conversation over and over again. There was a “recurring theme” around the denial of rights in t(...)

Eoin Ro Wilson casts his vote during the Irish Youth Referendum  in west Belfast. Photograph: Matt Bohill Pacemaker

“Tiocfaidh ár lá,” declared a smiling Mike Nesbitt to the 12-17 year-olds from Ballymurphy’s Glor na Mona youth club in very nationalist west Belfast.(...)

Sinn Féin leaders   Michelle O’Neill,  Mary Lou McDonald and  Gerry Adams all spoke at a Belfast conference, An Agreed Future, at the Waterfront Hall. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has told a conference in Belfast a new approach is needed to convince unionists of the merits of Irish unity. At a S(...)