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Former Scottish commissioner for children and young people Professor Kathleen Marshall holds her report on child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland in her office in Belfast. Photograph: PA

Up to 145 children in Northern Ireland are currently at risk of child sexual exploitation while the actual figure may be “significantly higher”, a new(...)

The report recommends police establish better links with young people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland used their fearsome reputations to sexually exploit children, according to a report.Powerful individuals connected (...)

Photo issued by Save the Children UK of the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Louis Leeson/Save the Children UK/PA Wire

A patient in Belfast has tested negative for the Ebola virus, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed.The person, who recently returned from wes(...)

When the scheme is fully implemented, children’s heart surgery for the whole of the island will take place at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ministers for Health in the North and South have endorsed proposals to establish an all-Ireland children’s heart surgery centre in Dublin.The current (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, party sources say, have been trying to undermine his leadership of the DUP.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

First Minister Peter Robinson has gone on the offensive against critics within his party who, DUP sources say, have been trying to undermine his leade(...)

Edwin Poots, who was dropped as minister for health yesterday in a surprise DUP ministerial reshuffle, today triggered a shockwave when he said it was “public knowledge” that Mr Robinson would stand down.  Photograph: Health Protection Agency/PA Wire.

Dropped DUP minister Edwin Poots has triggered something of a shockwave in Northern Ireland by stating that it’s “public knowledge” that Peter Robinso(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)

Women walk past a Loyalist mural on the   Newtonards Road in East Belfast. John Larkin has suggested that there should be an end to prosecutions into killings related to the Troubles. Photograph: Reuters

Four years ago, Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr wrote to First Minister Peter Robinson telling him that he would be “mad” to proceed with(...)

Paul’s Quarry, Annalong, Co Down, where Colin Polland and Kevin O’Hare died in a  drowning incident on Saturday. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

A man died trying in vain to rescue a teenager who had been swimming at a disused quarry in Co Down at the weekend.Colin Polland (39), who is from the(...)

A man has drowned in a vain bid to rescue a teenage boy in a disused quarry in Northern Ireland. Colin Polland is understood to have jumped into the w(...)

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