Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Fein leader

Peacemaker and divisive former IRA spokesperson says he will retire next year after leading Sinn Fein for 35 years.

Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Fein leader next year


Should an Irish giant finally be left to rest in peace?

Ethical questions linger 234 years after surgeon who inspired Dr Jekyll character stole Byrne's towering corpse.

Should giant Charles Byrne be left to rest in peace?

Women's Rights

UK supreme court hears challenge to N Ireland abortion laws

A legal battle is under way in the UK's highest court over Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws.


'I'm home': Irishman's Egypt jail ordeal finally ends

Detained in August 2013 over alleged role in Cairo protests, Halawa returns to Dublin singing pop number in celebration.

After four years in Egypt jail, Ibrahim Halawa is home


Three dead and 360,000 without power as Ophelia hits Ireland

At least three people have been killed by storm Ophelia in Ireland. It also left hundreds of thousands of houses and businesses without power.


Ireland braces for storm Ophelia's arrival

Former hurricane expected to bring severe weather conditions to the island, with gusts of up to 200km/h.

Ireland braces for storm Ophelia's arrival

Middle East

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in prison

Ibrahim Halawa, detained at age 17, is expected to walk free after years of 'mockery of justice' in pre-trial detention.

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in prison


Anger as Irishman enters fifth year in Egyptian prison

Family, politicians and rights groups decry jailing of Ibrahim Halawa, who was 17 when arrested and faces death penalty.

Ibrahim Halawa enters fifth year in Egyptian prison


Brexit could lead to UK-Ireland border control

Northern Ireland suffered almost 30 years of violent conflict before it ended two decades ago.


N Ireland extends deadline for Good Friday peace agreement

Talks to restore power-sharing in Northern Ireland have been extended after political parties failed to reach a deal before the allotted deadline.


UK election: Will DUP alliance affect N Ireland peace process?

The result of the United Kingdom's election has thrown into question Northern Ireland's peace process.


UK election: N Ireland waits to see how May deal helps DUP

Many people in Northern Ireland are waiting to see how the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party will be rewarded for propping up UK Prime Minister Theresa May by supporting a minority government.


Ireland could elect its first gay prime minister

Ireland could soon have its first openly gay prime minister. Leo Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant, is the favourite to win a ruling party vote.


Succession contest begins in Ireland for PM's post

Enda Kenny will step down as Fine Gael leader after almost 15 years and not lead party into election.

Enda Kenny resigns as Irish Fine Gael party chief