President Michael D Higgins:  ‘We more than most should be deeply aware of our moral obligation to welcome those fleeing poverty, famine, persecution, war or natural disaster.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish people should be more “deeply aware” than others of the moral obligation to welcome those fleeing persecution because of our own history with em(...)

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey celebrates with supporters at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Belfast North The DUP’s Paula Bradley was elected following the elimination of running-mate Nelson McCausland. “He is a massive loss,” she said after(...)

DUP candidate Jim Wells: he acknowledges people are mentioning the botched renewable heat incentive scheme, but says “they are still voting DUP”

South Down is a nationalist heartland where support for Sinn Féin and the SDLP is strong, so with seat numbers reduced from six to five a unionist is (...)

Undated handout photo issued by Durham Police of (top row, left to right) Paul Pammen, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Richard Sheridan, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Ashley Dad, John “Kerry” O’Brien Junior and Terence McNamara; (bottom row, left to right) Richard “Kerry” O’Brien, Patrick Clarke, Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, Danny Flynn, John “Cash” O’Brien, Michael Hegarty and Alan Clarke. The fourteen men who where linked to an organised crime gang have been convicted of plotting to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts worth up to £57 million in a series of museum and auction house raids. Photograph: Durham Police/PA Wire.

Members of an Irish organised criminal gang at the heart of a £57 million (€71 million) conspiracy to “plunder” British museums of rhino horn and othe(...)

Patrick Bevin, New Zealand National Team, crosses the line ahead of Marcin Bialoblocki, Velosure Giordana. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy

For those rivals who hoped that Patrick Bevin’s early leadership of the An Post Rás would lead to cracks in his defence later on, there was first hop(...)

Paul’s Quarry, Annalong, Co Down, where Colin Polland and Kevin O’Hare died in a  drowning incident on Saturday. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

A man died trying in vain to rescue a teenager who had been swimming at a disused quarry in Co Down at the weekend.Colin Polland (39), who is from the(...)