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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”.

Eta makes its move on the mainstream

The Basque separatists want a new political life – but so far their electoral ambitions have been thwarted. Dale Fuchs reports

Car bomb leaves Northern Ireland on high alert

Strong waves of anger and fear swept through Northern Irish politics and society after a young policeman was killed in a dissident republican bomb attack – evidence of their growing proficiency in creating such traps.

Booby trap bomb kills policeman in Northern Ireland

Catholic officer from Omagh is first member of security services to be murdered in two years

McGuinness in police probe

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, faced calls last night for a formal investigation into his attendance at an event commemorating IRA terrorists. Politicians and groups representing victims of violence in Northern Ireland are calling for his investigation by the Northern Ireland Assembly's Commissioner for Standards.

Children pose as IRA terrorists at EU-funded centre

Former Provos show off weapons to youngsters who are then photographed brandishing AK-47s

Ireland's new leader warns debt crisis is nation's 'darkest hour'

Veteran Irish politician Enda Kenny yesterday assumed both the mantle of Prime Minister and primary responsibility for his country's mountainous set of economic problems.

Ireland 'is back in business' as voters punish Fianna Fail

An election outcome of seismic proportions has put the Republic of Ireland on course for a new coalition government made up of the two parties who were principal winners in the contest.

Ireland bets on quiet man to cure financial ills

Enda Kenny set to become Taoiseach as Irish opt for solidity over charisma

Fine Gael heading for Irish victory: poll

Irish centre-right party Fine Gael looks set to lead the next government - but without an overall majority, according to an exit poll in the Irish general election.

Humdrum campaign puts centre-right in pole position for election

The latest polls in the Irish general election, to be held on 25 February, put the four main parties largely in the order they were in when the campaign opened, with Fine Gael likely to the biggest party in the Dail.

Gerry Adams is servant of Crown

The Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was in the strange position of holding a Crown title last night – in exchange for resigning from his unfilled seat in the House of Commons.

Cameron confirms Gerry Adams resignation

Gerry Adams has officially resigned from his Westminster seat and become Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead, the Prime Minister said today.

Leading article: An election that may mark the end of an era

A political upheaval in Ireland has only just begun following the resignation of Brian Cowen as leader of the country's ruling party. Fianna Fail is no ordinary political party. Claiming the mantle of the 1916 Easter Rising, it has dominated the political landscape since the 1930s, providing Ireland with a succession of leaders from Eamon De Valera to Bertie Ahern.

Northern Ireland Water boss set to quit over crisis

Chief executive of Northern Ireland Water (NIW) Laurence MacKenzie is set to resign over his organisation's mishandling of the region's water crisis.

Northern Ireland crisis talks as 32,000 are still without water

People in Northern Ireland have been warned that water supplies may not be restored before next week, as ministers prepared for crisis talks about the 32,000 residents still affected.

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