Northern secretary Brandon Lewis said he was laying further regulations that would remove ‘barriers’ to abortion services being introduced. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The UK government has taken legal steps to ensure abortion services are fully delivered in Northern Ireland following Stormont’s “failure” to do so. (...)

     The new powers include placing a duty on the North’s Department of Health to make abortion services available “as soon as reasonably practicable”.  File Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The UK government will “intervene directly” to ensure abortion services are made available in Northern Ireland following the Assembly elections in May(...)

Minister for Health Robin Swann: urged to act. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Health Robin Swann has been urged to act after a charity service providing an access point for early medical abort(...)

Briege Voyle, whose mother Joan Connolly was one of ten civilians killed by soldiers in west Belfast in 1971 with her sisters Joan, Philomena and Irene, voice their distress after learning tissue samples from their mother were retained without their knowledge or consent. Photograph: PA

Relatives of those killed in the Troubles are to challenge the UK government’s new legacy proposals in an address to the United Nations on Thursday. (...)

The North’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: “The lack of discussion on this important issue in the Executive Committee means that I have been left with no choice but to issue the direction”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

The Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis has instructed the Northern Executive to make full abortion services available in Northern Ireland no later than (...)

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 (...)

In a careful but negative response the Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Coveney said the “Stormont House Agreement framework is the way forward” on these issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has delivered a chilly response to a new British government plan on how to deal with the past. Northern Secretary Brandon Lew(...)

Pro-choice activists gather in the grounds of Stormont after the Assembly was recalled by MLAs wishing to protest against changes to abortion laws. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners gathered before Stormont on Monday morning as a number of MLAs returned to the Assembly to demonstrate agains(...)

Abortion-rights demonstrators outside Stormont today. Northern Ireland’s laws banning abortion and gay marriage will be liberalised tonight unless its devolved government is reconstituted. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The Northern Ireland Assembly is sitting for the first time in two and half years later after it was recalled by MLAs wishing to protest at changes to(...)

Jim Allister: he said changes to the North’s abortion and same-sex marriage law “should never have been accepted”. Photograph: Getty Images

House of Commons MPs have voted by 328 to 65 to make abortion legal in the North if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive are not back in place (...)

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