The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written to the North’s Assembly members urging them to reject a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of gay marriage. Photograph: David Sleator

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written an open(...)

Dr Donal McKeown, the new Bishop of Derry: ‘as Christians of various traditions, we have an opportunity and a duty to be sources of hope, especially when political sclerosis seems to have afflicted out body politic’

The failure of the Northern Ireland Assembly “to focus on delivering the reforms that people need” was addressed this afternoon by the newly in(...)

The decision to extend an invitation to Pope Francis was passed by 30 votes with none against by Belfast City Council.

Belfast City Council will formally invite Pope Francis to visit the city. The decision to extend an invitation was passed by 30 votes wit(...)

John Larkin: his comments recognise the realities of the Northern Ireland legal system. Photograph: PA

It is so unusual for the divided political classes of Northern Ireland to agree on anything that when it happens observers feel like taking a closer l(...)

 Gerry Adams: Building bridge would be relatively small investment with significant potential. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed doubt that concerns about the cost of building a bridge between counties Down and Louth can be resolved before the (...)

HSE: provided useful funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish medical research occurs on an ad hoc basis without proper co-ordination, a review has found. And too many young researchers attempting to build (...)

Arlene Foster outside Stormont in a file image. The DUP Economy Minister  said staging the Miss Ulster event at Stormont was sending out the wrong message.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Plans for a beauty pageant at the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly have sparked controversy.The Miss Ulster competition has come in for criticism(...)

The July 1972 attack on the village of Claudy, Co Londonderry,  left nine people dead, including three children. Photograph: PA

A PSNI decision to suspend an investigation into the notorious Claudy bombing that claimed nine lives has left relatives of the victims “frustrated a(...)

Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton: “encouraging signs”.

The pre-crash world of easy money, cheap imports and excessive confidence in policymakers has disappeared to be replaced by a “new normal”, one of the(...)

Kieran Doherty (31), was shot dead in February 2010 and his body dumped near Derry.

Relatives of a dissident republican shot dead by former associates in the Real IRA are to receive compensation for his death.The amount agreed by the (...)

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