Siobhan Keegan when she was appointed to the High Court  in Northern Ireland. Photograph: NI Judicial Appointments Commission/PA Wire

Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan has been appointed as Northern Ireland’s chief justice, the first woman to hold the position. She will replace Sir Declan (...)

Joseph Murphy’s family cheer after the inquest found that 10 people killed in west Belfast almost 50 years ago in the wake of an Army operation were “entirely innocent”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

There could scarcely be a more searing indictment of the actions of the British soldiers who killed at least nine unarmed civilians in Ballymurphy, we(...)

Gordon Elliott with Simon McGonagle at Elliott’s Cullentra House stables. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The man who took the notorious photo of Gordon Elliott sitting on a dead horse has been ‘warned off’ for two months. On Friday an Irish Horseracing R(...)

Belfast’s High Court ruled on Thursday that abortion laws there are incompatible with the UK’s human rights commitments. Above, Sarah Ewart (front centre) leaves the court after her case was upheld. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The representative body of Irish Catholic Bishops has called for the restoration of the devolved administration in Stormont in an effort to block the (...)

Jim Coney (C), whose brother was shot dead as he attempted to escape Long Kesh prison camp in 1974, at Belfast Coroner’s Court on Thursday. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

The brother of an internee shot dead in 1974 as he attempted to escape from the Long Kesh prison camp in Co Down has welcomed the first step towards a(...)

Families of the people who were killed during a disputed series of shootings in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast in August 1971 hold images of their loved ones with supporters outside Belfast coroner’s court. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A former British army soldier’s evidence to an inquest into a disputed shooting incident has been paused following a change in a detail of his testimo(...)