Arts and Entertainment Sinéad Morrissey is the winner of the TS Eliot Prize

Winning the TS Eliot Prize is hardly a matter of life and death. But the film of that name inspired Sinéad Morrissey to pen a collection which finally secured the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize for Belfast’s first poet laureate.

Water cannon deployed as 16 police are injured in fresh Belfast flag protests

Sixteen police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.

Plastic bullets used to tackle Union Flag rioters after fresh wave of protests

Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the flag

Unionists lodge complaint over flag

Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag, the Democratic Unionist Party said today.

Feeling flush? Ticket prices fail to deter tourists as The Shard opening day sells-out

A visit to the top of the building costs £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children

Unionist fears have been hijacked by paramilitaries to bolster youth support in Belfast

Young people in Belfast are already facing high unemployment and a widespread feeling of disenfranchisement. This is the last thing they need

Union Flag lowered at Belfast City Hall

Belfast streets remained free of violence last night as the Union Flag was lowered at City Hall. It had been flown yesterday to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday.

Union flag flies again over Belfast City Hall - but it comes down tonight

The Union flag was flying over Belfast City Hall this morning to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday.

Fifth night of flag rioting hits Belfast

Belfast was hit by a fifth night of rioting yesterday following protests over a decision by councillors to limit the days the union flag flies over city hall.

Editorial: A protest against progress

After more than a month of protests against restrictions on the flying of the Union Flag in Belfast, the authorities are floundering. Scores of police have been hurt and scores of Protestant youngsters have been charged and will face adult life saddled with a criminal record. The violence, together with the frequent blocking of roads, has damaged community relations and cost millions. And who could blame potential investors if they decide to look to alternative locations with rather fewer petrol bombs?

Police gather for the trial of loyalist gang members in Belfast in 2011

Surge in Belfast violence blamed on resurgent UVF

Police in Northern Ireland have blamed the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for an escalation in loyalist street violence following a lull over Christmas.

Loyalist protesters converge on Belfast City Hall yesterday

Man arrested after gunshots during Belfast rioting

A man has been arrested in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were reportedly fired during clashes between police and loyalist protesters.

Shots fired at police as violence flares in Belfast flag row

Frontline police officers have reported coming under gunfire as fresh loyalist violence erupted in Northern Ireland over the flying of the union flag.

Police stand guard during last night's protests in Belfast

18 held after loyalist violence in Belfast

Eighteen people have been arrested after nine police officers were injured during the latest outburst of loyalist violence in Northern Ireland.

Two freed after quiz over Northern Ireland PC murder bid

Two men being held in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland have been released.

Northern Ireland: Third arrest over PC car bomb

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland have made a third arrest.

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