Edwin Poots:  If Northern Ireland ends up with a first minister for whom all the main scientific developments of the 19th and 20th centuries are bogus, the more excuse there is for British indifference. Photograph:  Edwin Poots/PA

To have a decent society, we have to respect what people believe about the spiritual world. To have decent politics, we have to respect the facts of t(...)

President Michael D Higgins said he believed the religious oath he swore during his inauguration should be removed and replaced with an affirmation. File photograph: Maxwell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has urged people in Northern Ireland not to allow the past to “disable you in the present” as the state marks 100 years si(...)

‘There is now a decision and what we need to do is tell the public what that decision is and ask the public again to try to work with us.’ Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“You must be depressed today listening to these two,” Alliance Party Assembly member Kellie Armstrong remarked to host William Crawley on BBC Radio Ul(...)

Lord Kilclooney: ‘I did not know her name and identified her with the term Indian. Most people understood.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Lord Kilclooney, the former Ulster Unionist Party MP John Taylor, has come in for renewed criticism after he described the United States vice-presiden(...)

The restrictions  were brought to the Assembly by the First Minister, the DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/ PA Wire

Northern Ireland recorded its highest daily total of new Covid-19 cases on Friday ahead of the introduction of new restrictions aimed at limiting the (...)

The Green Party’s Northern leader, South Belfast MLA Clare Bailey, abstained from the parliamentary party’s vote on the programme for government. Photograph:   Arthur Allison

The votes of Northern Greens could be important in determining whether or not a government will be formed in the Republic, in the event of a close con(...)

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister: went head-to-head with former Alliance minister Dr Stephen Farry on the Stephen Nolan Show. Photograph:  Pacemaker

A battle of hearts and minds will determine whether the DUP and Sinn Féin will yet sign off on a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly, (...)