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Church of Ireland Primate and Archbishop of Armagh John McDowell said they had  decided that in-person gatherings should remain suspended with the exception of weddings, funerals, as permitted by regulations. Photograph: iStock

All churches in Northern Ireland have extended restrictions on public worship until March. A similar restriction operates in the Republic with no indi(...)

A man  lays flowers this week at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway, erected in memory of up to 800 children  buried at the site of the mother and baby home there. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The women and children who suffered in mother and baby homes were “abandoned by their church”, a Cork priest has said during Sunday Mass. Fr Colin D(...)

Rosalie Flanagan in 2007. She is a former permanent secretary to the North’s Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Rosalie Flanagan, a former senior Northern Ireland civil servant, has been appointed to the commission charged with finding the bodies of the Disappea(...)

“... There are those, best symbolised by residents in care homes but not restricted to them, whose needs have never been too far up the policy agenda and not just during the pandemic. This includes, of course, the elderly.” File photograph: iStock

Government files under embargo have been opened and people are no doubt looking back, as we do every year, with that customary range of reaction to th(...)

Paramedics are seen in a line of ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital, Britain. Northern Ireland reported another 26 Covid-19 deaths over the weekend. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

As health pressures continued to mount in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health reported 26 Covid-19 deaths at the weekend and more than (...)

A paramedic is seen outside the Royal London Hospital in England earlier this week. The UK’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases has passed 3m. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Nine more people have died of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, the North’s Department of Health has confirmed. The news comes as the UK on Saturday b(...)

The AA said icy conditions were lingering on roads in some areas and advised drivers to take care on all routes. Photograph: iStock

Drivers have been warned to take extra care as some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter are forecast for Tuesday night, with the likelihood(...)

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arriving at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new year in the Four Courts will see some key judgments, including one which publicans hope will aid their survival rather than mean closing time,(...)

Near empty streets and a ‘stay safe’ sign are seen on Arthur Street in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland recorded its highest daily total of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began on Tuesday, with more than 1,500 people testing positive (...)

Met Éireann has warned parts of Ireland may be hit with snow. A snow-covered Croagh Patrick in Westport. File photograph: Paul Mealey

A snow and ice warning is in place in the north of the country on Wednesday. The yellow warning is in place from 6am on Wednesday to 7am on Thursday (...)

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