In a  joint statement,  the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Primate of All Ireland Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (above)  and four other bishops in the North  criticised politicians who have welcomed the ‘unilateral imposition’ of abortion services. File photograph: Tom Honan

Britain’s order for full abortion services to be in operation in Northern Ireland by next spring is “unjust”, “gravely disquieting” and threatens the (...)

Loyalists hold a protest against the Northern Ireland protocol at Belfast Harbour last weekend. A Westminster committee has heard calls for clearer information on the post-Brexit measure to be circulated to stop the spread of ‘community propaganda’ about it. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Clearer information is needed on the Northern Ireland protocol so that people “don’t listen to community propaganda” but instead make an “informed cho(...)

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (right) with Stormont’s new economy minister, Gordon Lyons. Photograph: DUP/PA Wire

Paul Givan is expected to remain as Northern Ireland’s First Minister until at least the autumn following a minor reshuffle of the DUP’s ministerial t(...)

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown: ‘You’ve got to work at Northern Ireland ... it needs time, and until you have a prime minister and a leadership that is prepared to spend that time listening to people.’ Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Fintan O’Toole: The current pandemic represents a huge global crisis and after the banking collapse of 2008 you found yourself in the middle of a very(...)

Stormont health minister Robin Swann warned the already crisis-struck health service is not equipped to deal with the “heightened levels” of demand. File photograph: iStock

The North is bracing itself for a surge in mental health needs by up to a third as a direct result of the pandemic. Describing it as one of the “grea(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: he cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell during the 1980s. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Jeffrey Donaldson, who has emerged as frontrunner to take over the DUP leadership, cut his political teeth as an election agent for Enoch Powell durin(...)

Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been brought back from the brink of what would have been a sixth collapse with a late-night announcement of a deal o(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MP with party colleague and Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon MLA,  at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Stormont remained deadlocked on Tuesday over the introduction of Irish language legislation ahead of Monday’s deadline for the nomination of the North(...)

 Arlene Foster  said she  also excited about what may lay ahead. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Stormont’s outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster has said she is “sad” at the manner in which she was ousted as she prepares for her final engagements(...)

New DUP leader Edwin Poots speaking at the party’s offices in Stormont Parliament Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The new DUP leader, Edwin Poots, has said he has “no intention whatsoever” of taking any action that would damage the North’s powersharing institution(...)

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