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”.
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Friday 13 July 2012
Police chiefs today pledged to make “significant” arrests after officers were attacked with petrol bombs in an outbreak of street violence in the flashpoint Ardoyne area of north Belfast.
Friday 06 July 2012
Ulster Bank chief executive Jim Brown said he was turning down this year's annual bonus after a computer meltdown left thousands of customers without access to cash.
Thursday 05 July 2012
The National Trust has defended its decision to include references to creationist theory at a new state-of-the-art visitors' centre at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Friday 22 June 2012
Martin McGuinness will hold a landmark meeting with the Queen when she visits Belfast next week, his Sinn Fein party confirmed today following months of speculation about an formal encounter between royalty and republicans.
Monday 11 June 2012
Sinn Fein MP for Mid Ulster Martin McGuinness is to resign his seat, forcing a by-election, as part of a shake-up to end Sinn Fein dual mandates at Westminster.
Thursday 31 May 2012
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the early voters today as Ireland has its say on the European fiscal treaty.
Wednesday 30 May 2012
After years of savage cuts, the Irish now face a stark choice: do they hand over control of their economy to Europe – or go it alone without the safety net of future bailouts? In Cork, David McKittrick meets the people preparing to vote
Saturday 19 May 2012
A teenage girl has been shot dead and her sister seriously injured in a gun attack in a small village in Northern Ireland.
Sunday 06 May 2012
France's presidential election was a close-run affair, far closer than the polls had suggested through most of the long and often ill-tempered campaign. So, while François Hollande's victory gives France its first Socialist President for 16 years and makes Nicolas Sarkozy France's first one-term President for more than a generation, it represents something less than the historic turnaround Mr Hollande's supporters rushed to claim. France, like so many European countries, remains finely balanced between left and right. A crisis such as the one that it, and the Continent as a whole, faces, is not resolved by an election; in some ways, an election merely highlights the divisions.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Ireland's deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore added to the pressure on the country's most senior cleric Cardinal Sean Brady today over his role in a secret child abuse inquiry.
Saturday 28 April 2012
Former Fianna Fail TD Ned O'Keeffe was released without charge after being questioned by gardai over suspected fraud offences.
Tuesday 24 April 2012
A Dublin security tribunal today heard allegations that Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, was involved in sanctioning the murders of two senior police officers in 1989.
Tuesday 10 April 2012
Police in Northern Ireland have arrested six people after a masked man at a republican commemoration threatened further violence by dissidents opposed to the peace process.
Sunday 08 April 2012
How did an instrument of Roman torture end up becoming a club badge for pious Christians? The cross was supposed to inspire terror, and those crucified made into a public spectacle of Roman imperial power. Crucifixion sent a message: we, the Romans, are in control. Defy us and die a horrible death.
Sunday 25 March 2012
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has resigned from his political party in the wake of a corruption inquiry, but insisted the findings of the probe had dealt him a grave injustice.
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