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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”.

Loyalists in death threat to Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams



Police told him of the danger posed by a splinter paramilitary group called the Orange Volunteers.

The First Lady, her young lover, and a scandal that could hand power to Sinn Fein

David McKittrick reports on the far-reaching consequences of Iris Robinson’s infidelity

Car blast hits police gaelic football captain

The captain of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's gaelic football team was fighting for his life tonight after he was critically injured by a booby trap bomb.

I've had an affair, says Northern Ireland's Mrs Robinson

First Minister's wife says she contemplated suicide after infidelity

Peter Robinson's statement in full

"You will appreciate how devastated I have been about what you have learned from Iris. This has been the most difficult period of my life and I have been deeply hurt by what has happened. I feel the pain of it every day.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams denies claims over brother’s role

Gerry Adams was under fresh pressure last night after a Sunday newspaper claimed his suspected paedophile brother was Sinn Fein's most senior official in Co Louth.

Adams brother speaks to police over abuse claims

A brother of Gerry Adams wanted on suspicion of sexually abusing his daughter has handed himself in to police.

The secret shame at the heart of the Adams family

The Sinn Fein leader's admission that his father was a child abuser has raised awkward questions about why he didn't speak up sooner

Gerry Adams reveals sexual abuse by father of family members

Sinn Fein president goes public as police seek brother over abuse of daughter

Gerry Adams says father was a child abuser

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams revealed his late father subjected family members to emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Sinn Fein president calls on brother to hand himself in

Gerry Adams has publically called on his brother to hand himself in to police after being accused by his daughter of subjecting her to years of sexual abuse as a child.

Death threat to Sinn Fein politicians 'traced to Spain'

Four Sinn Fein politicians have received a telephone death threat from a caller police have traced to southern Spain, the party has said.

Crucial Anglo-Irish talks held to avert political crisis in Northern Ireland

The British and Irish governments will hold talks in London today aimed at averting a crisis in the Northern Ireland political process.

Old Bailey bomber quizzed over soldier murders

Old Bailey bomber Marian Price was arrested today by detectives investigating the murders of two soldiers outside a military barracks in Northern Ireland.

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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