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Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster: the legislation is a “massive and welcome step forward for the innocent victims” of the Troubles.  Photograph: Jonathan Porter

New legislation which establishes a payment scheme for victims of the Troubles will block anyone injured while committing a crime from benefiting. P(...)

 Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalists in 1989. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has won permission at Belfast’s High Court to challenge an alleged failure to act on a finding that his k(...)

The coffin of Seamus Mallon is carried to Saint James of Jerusalem Church in Mullaghbrack, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Seamus Mallon was a “peacemaker, a bridge builder, a leader, a statesman, and a faithful worker for the Kingdom of God”, the Archbishop of Armagh and (...)

Seamus Mallon and  John Hume at the SDLP 33rd annual conference at the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast in 2004. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tributes have been paid from across the political spectrum to Seamus Mallon, the former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland and deputy leader of(...)

DUP deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, DUP First Minister Arlene Foster, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, with the new Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: PressEye/PA Wire

The British prime minister Boris Johnson on a visit to Stormont to meet the newly instated Northern Executive said following Thursday’s New Decade, Ne(...)

Following agreement of the New Decade, New Approach pact, politicians on all sides appear ready to tackle outstanding problems.

The next decade will be an incredible time of opportunity for Northern Ireland, British prime minister Boris Johnson has said ahead of a visit to Stor(...)

Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith outside Stormont  Buildings with the document New Decade, New Approach. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cartoons played their part in getting Stormont back. Sometimes they reach parts that words could never touch. Snarling dogs, people and whips driving (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, striding together towards the cameras with the illuminated Parliament Buildings as backdrop on Thursday night, have been a double act with symbolic and real heft. Photograph: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

The New Decade, New Approach deal looks set to revive Stormont thanks to far-reaching promises – including cash which may ease hospital waiting-lists,(...)

Canvassing politicians were told repeatedly last year that the people wanted Stormont back so local politicians could tackle local problems. Photograph: Getty Images

Politics, said Otto Von Bismarck, is the art of the possible, but listening to some of the initial reaction to the New Decade, New Approach deal to ge(...)

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin (centre) and other members of Irish language group Conradh na Gaeilge.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Business leaders in Northern Ireland have urged the politicians to restore the North’s power-sharing Assembly as soon as possible by backing the draft(...)

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