Bull pen: Michael Bloomberg, centre, next to his cubicle surrounded by those of his staff and advisers at City Hall in New York. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/New York Times

What if mayors ruled the world? That’s the bold question being asked by politicians and academics at Interdependence Day, a conference in Dublin this (...)

Sinéad Morrissey: “We cared about poverty, we cared about gay people, we were feminists”

Sinéad Morrissey has a piece of news that, the day we meet, is still subject to a media embargo and so is laced with the relish of a secret. She has b(...)

Police clash with loyalist protestors in Belfast city centre as they attempt to block part of the route of the Anti-Internment League parade last Friday: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Even though Belfast has struggled under the twin threats of economic recession and community tension, a great deal of good work continues at City Hall(...)

Orangemen during a recent stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast. If the Belfast Agreement is the best we can do we can look forward to almost permanent sectarian division.

We’re on the two roads,Maybe the wrong roads,On the road to God knows where . . . In north Belfast on Tuesday, Sinn Féin Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoi(...)

Simon Hamilton of the DUP

The new DUP finance minister at Stormont has condemned violence surrounding a visit by Belfast’s Sinn Féin mayor to the Shankill area this week, but d(...)

John Tully, chief executive of 2013 WPFG. The World Police & Fire Games is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. It is the third-largest international multisport event in the world. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Northern Ireland is warming up to hosting its largest sporting event on record, and organisers hope it will deliver a £15.5 million (€18 million) boos(...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast “hit the nail on the head”, said Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Sammy Wilson. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said the Obama visit to Belfast and his Waterfront Hall speech made it “a great day for Northern Ireland, with one(...)

Anti-G8 protesters during a rally in Belfast city centre ahead of the G8 summit of world leaders. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Protesters have rallied at Belfast’s City Hall against the agenda of the G8 leaders who assemble in Co Fermanagh on Monday and Tuesday.The protest, o(...)

US president Barack Obama is expected to urge  Northern Ireland schoolchildren to work for a more shared society, and to call for  the eventual removal of Belfast’s peace walls. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

US president Barack Obama visits Belfast this morning to press for renewed efforts to end community division in Northern Ireland. Accompanied by Miche(...)

The G8 summit is being held in Co Fermanagh next week

“Shout loudly, don’t hold back, lift your voice like a trumpet” – not the words of an anarchist group or anti-G8 street activist. The call to protest (...)

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