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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”.

Sinn Fein signals big trouble for Cowen

The woes of the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen increased yesterday when his Fianna Fail party was trounced by Sinn Fein in a by-election in Co Donegal.

Painful budget set to be Cowen's final act in office

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was clinging to power in Dublin on a temporary basis yesterday as Ireland adjusted to this week's huge changes to its political and economic landscapes.

Adams to go south

Sinn Fein's president, Gerry Adams, is to resign his West Belfast seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly and at Westminster to contest the next general election south of the Irish border. He plans to defend the Co Louth seat being vacated by Arthur Morgan. Sinn Fein is hoping for a breakthrough in the Republic where it has always struggled to gain a significant presence.

'Disappeared' by the IRA, found at the beach his family treasured

Peter Wilson's body, which was carefully removed from beneath the sands of a picturesque Co Antrim beach yesterday, had lain there undisturbed for close on four decades.

Remains found on beach in hunt for IRA victim

Body remains have been dug up on a beach in Northern Ireland where an IRA murder victim was secretly buried after going missing nearly 40 years ago.

Sinn Fein member first to address Parliament

An Irish teenager made parliamentary history yesterday by becoming the first ever Sinn Fein member to cross the threshold and speak in the House of Commons.

Teen is first Sinn Fein member to address Commons

A teenage student today became the first Sinn Fein member to speak in the House of Commons.

Nations: Condemnation from across UK

The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to have budgets cut by 6.8 per cent, 7.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent respectively.

Martin McGuinness: Pope may visit Ireland in 2012

The Pope could visit Ireland by 2012, Martin McGuinness said today.

Watchdog slammed over 'soft line on UVF killing'

A Government watchdog that blamed the leadership of the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for a killing in Northern Ireland was criticised today for failing to order sanctions against the group.

Politicians unite to condemn Northern Ireland rioters

Police came under renewed attack from rioters as Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister condemned those behind the violence.

Violence echoes beyond the streets of Belfast

Belfast is once again counting the cost – human, financial and social – of the familiar mid-July outbreak of disorder which has injured dozens of people and brought destruction onto its streets.

First Minister condemns parades 'thuggery'

Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister hit out today at those behind 48 hours of rioting in the region and defended their political efforts to ease tensions over controversial parades.

Police chief attacks Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister over riots

Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister are failing to provide leadership on ending tensions over controversial parades, a leading police officer said today.

Paras admit 'mistakes' but reject report as one-sided

Paratroopers who served on Bloody Sunday have accused the Saville report of turning a blind eye to the role played by the IRA and pinning all the blame for the deaths on the soldiers.

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