DUP blocks inquiry

In some ways it’s reassuring to see the Northern Ireland Assembly tearing strips off ministers about housing maintenance contracts. It’s what we call (...)

Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly has been recalled to meet in special session to discuss allegations of political interference aired in a BBC television (...)

Nama chairman Frank Daly said the agency was committed to providing more funding to Northern Ireland debtors, in addition to the £123 million which has already been approved. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) is investing £15 million (€18 million) in an office development in Belfast as part of its ongoing effort t(...)

Playing politics

There is no doubt that it was galling and painful to Ann Travers to see conferred on a woman who had a part in her sister’s 1984 murder the political (...)

Unesco has called for a halt to the development of a controversial £100 million golf resort on Northern Ireland’s north coast, it was revealed (...)

President Michael D Higgins begins inspection of Captains Guard with General O’Giollain at the beginning of the Famine Commemoration ceremony in Kilrush Co Clare today. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

The sixth annual National Famine Commemoration Ceremony took place today in Kilrush, Co Clare, a town that lost as much as half it’s population(...)

Dead lambs lie in the snow as farmers Donald O’Reilly and Keith McQuillan search for trapped sheep in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of Co Antrim,  March 26th, 2013. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Farmers swamped by heavy snowfalls in the North this spring could receive hardship payments by the end of June, it was revealed. Thousand(...)

Estimates from the organisation suggest the UK government lost about £70 million in revenue last year, considerably less than the estimates of about £250 million in 2006, due to diesel laundering. Photograph: Getty Images

Fuel launderers in a Border area of Northern Ireland dumped toxic waste in the same place 10 times, it has been revealed. Former republi(...)

Mark Ferguson, director of  Science Foundation Ireland. The foundation has been anxious to change legislation that prevents disbursement of State research funds to a scientist or research project based outside the jurisdiction. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

The Act that defines how Science Foundation Ireland may spend its €150 million annual budget is up for amendment and the revised Bill is worki(...)

SDLP leader John Hume taking a break during final deliberations of the Belfast Agreement in April, 1998

Simon Carswell, Washington Correspondent Northern Ireland still requires “urgent work” and faces “more tests to come”, US president Barac(...)

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