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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Erecting sectarian and paramilitary flags 'not criminal but wrong' says Norther Ireland's top police officer

Erecting flags may not always be a criminal offence but it is wrong, Northern Ireland's most senior police officer has said.

Members of the pro-choice movement group protest outside Leinster House in Dublin ahead of the abortion legislation vote

Protests and bitter disputes mount as Ireland prepares to vote on enshrining abortion legislation that will allow 'if life at risk'

Most contentious clause will allow mother-to-be to to seek termination on grounds she is suicidal

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been deeply offended by Forbes Magazine placing him 26th on its rich list

Andy McSmith's Diary: Only $20bn? I’m worth a princely sum more than that

The rich can have different sensibilities from the rest of us. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a relative of the King of Saudi Arabia and reputedly the world’s richest Arab, has been deeply offended by Forbes Magazine placing him 26th on its rich list, with an estimated wealth of $20 billion.

A forensics officer outside Newry courthouse after a car bomb attack in February 2010 that was blamed on dissident republicans

Threat of terrorism in Northern Ireland ‘will last for years'

Theresa Villiers says dissident republican groups will continue to plan attacks

The result is seen as a personal victory for Ann Travers

Sinn Fein fails to stop new law on special advisers that blocks those convicted of serious offences

Sinn Fein suffered a setback in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday night when if failed to block new legislation barring those with a serious conviction from working as special political advisers.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Listen children, the world really was created in seven days

A question thrown up while MPs were arguing over gay marriage is whether fundamentalist Christian teachers should have a legal right to propagate creationism in the classroom. This cropped up while opponents of gay marriage were fighting a rearguard action to ensure that any religious group or individual with a religious objection to gay marriage was protected from anti-discrimination law.

There will be no change in the Irish abortion law, says Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has attempted to quell fallout over contentious changes to abortion rules by claiming that law on the procedure is not being changed.

Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, arrives at Belfast Laganside Court, where he faces child sex abuse charges.

Gerry Adams gives evidence at brother Liam's trial for child sex abuse

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams gave evidence in a Belfast court today at the trial of his brother Liam, who is accused of child sex abuse.

Alan Protheroe: Combative BBC executive who clashed with the Thatcher Government

Even taking into account the BBC's more recent traumas, the 1980s were the most turbulent decade in its history. Alan Protheroe played a central and often controversial role in the Corporation's bitter battles with Mrs.Thatcher's Government. With hindsight, it can be argued that the BBC suffered long-term damage because of his stubborn failure – along with that of senior colleagues – to recognise and allow for the increasing assertiveness of the politically appointed board of governors, reflecting a fundamental shift in the rules of engagement between Westminster and Broadcasting House.

Father Alec Reid;

Father Alec Reid reveals how he tried to save two British soldiers killed in one of the most shocking episodes of the Troubles

Priest reveals how he tried to save two undercover British soldiers discovered at a Belfast funeral in 1988.

Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy wins Martin McGuinness' Westminster seat in Mid Ulster by-election

Sinn Fein veteran Francie Molloy insisted his party colleague Martin McGuinness would be a hard act to follow after winning the Westminster seat vacated by Stormont's deputy First Minister.

Mid-Ulster by-election: campaign eerily quiet as IRA murder victim's son faces alleged killer in polls

Most assumed it would be a by-election as bitter as any seen in Northern Ireland, not least because one candidate has been accused of involvement in the murder of the father of another.

Marina Gambold (left) and Maureen Sullivan (centre) of Madalene Survivors Together leaving Leinster House in Dublin after hearing Taoiseach Enda Kenny's state apology

Irish PM's emotional apology for state's role in Magdalene laundries

The Irish prime minister has issued a formal apology on behalf of the Irish state to the survivors of workhouses known as the Magdalene laundries.

Francie Molloy denies being involved in the killing of the father of Nigel Lutton (pictured)

IRA murder victim's son to face alleged killer in election

It will be an election with an extraordinary subplot, where one candidate has been publicly accused of killing the father of the other.

Irish government apologises to thousands of 'fallen women' it sent to so-called Magdalene laundries

It is estimated that over 10,000 women passed through the laundries between 1922 and 1996

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