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Police said the device could have killed revellers in Belfast city centre. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has condemned last night’s bomb in Belfast as a “mindless attack on the sanctity of human life”.The bomb, which exploded outside(...)

The North’s Minister for Justice David Ford is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland that could permit terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. He also indicated that the consultation could cover abortion in cases of rape and incest.

The North’s Minister for Justice David Ford is to initiate a consultation on possible changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland that could permit te(...)

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the force had an excellent working relationship with An Garda Síocháma. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Relations between police in the Republic and Northern Ireland will not be soured by the findings of the Smithwick report, the PSNI chief constable has(...)

The late Alec Reid pictured in 2007. His funeral Mass is being held at Clonard, with his interment later in the Redemptorist plot in Milltown Cemetery. Photograph: EPA/David Aguilar

An ecumenical service of gratitude for the life of Fr Alec Reid was held in Clonard Church in west Belfast last night ahead of his funeral today. “I u(...)

Former SDLP leader John Hume with Fr Alec Reid in 2006 after Fr Reid after was presented with the ‘Tipperary Person of the Year’ award. Photograph: John Cogill.

Nobel Laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume said he was deeply saddened by the death of his friend, Fr Alec Reid. In a statement, Mr Hume said: (...)

Eddie McGrady photographed wiping clean the election office plaque, after handing in his nomination papers for South Down in 2005. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Public representatives from Stormont, Dublin and London along with members of civic, cultural, state and sporting bodies have attended the funeral of (...)

The device was similar to those addressed to PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott and his senior commander in Derry Jon Burrows last week.

A viable letter bomb posted to the offices of the Public Prosecution Service in Derry has been made safe.The device, similar to those addressed to PSN(...)

Burning debris blocks the Newtownards Road in East Belfast on January 5th of this year as part of the Union flag protests. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Any resurgence of the Union flag protests would have disastrous consequences for Christmas trade in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Justice(...)

Sarah Ewart, a Northern Ireland woman who had an abortion in London after her baby was also discovered to have anencephaly. Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

A woman who is carrying twin girls with a fatal foetal abnormality has appealed to the North’s Minister for Health Edwin Poots to allow her have an (...)

Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots proposed an independent expert-led inquiry. Photograph: PA

An independent inquiry is to be held into child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland. A total of 22 suspected victims, aged between 13 and 18 years(...)

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