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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”.

David Cameron: 'It is painful to work with former IRA chief Martin McGuinness'

David Cameron admitted he finds it "painful" to work with former IRA chief Martin McGuinness today as he defended the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Stormont's First Minister Peter Robinson unseated after year of scandal

A huge upset in Northern Ireland saw the unexpected defeat of Peter Robinson, who is both First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist party.

Northern Ireland: Ulster's Unionists claim cash pledge from Brown

DUP reveals letter from PM promising no public spending cuts in the face of a possible hung parliament

Northern Ireland terror threat is 'highest since Omagh attack'

The threat by dissident republican terrorists in Northern Ireland is higher than at any time since the Omagh bomb massacre almost 12 years ago, according to sources.

The Regions: Northern Ireland

Unionists could emerge as crucial allies for either of the big parties

Adams refuses to reveal his role in IRA murder

Northern Ireland Gerry Adams hit back yesterday at "anti-republican elements" pursuing him over the death of a woman at the hands of the IRA and said he would not give details of his role during the armed group's campaign.

Security alert over Adams death threats

Danger of attack by dissident republican groups is rated as 'substantial'

Gerry Adams accused of ordering murders

Former IRA chief claimed Sinn Fein's president ordered killing of Jean McConville

What really happened on Bloody Sunday?

Twelve years ago Lord Saville began his inquiry into one of the darkest chapters in the history of Northern Ireland. Now, £200m later, he will finally deliver his report

UUP to vote against power-sharing deal

The Ulster Unionist Party will reject the recent deal brokered to stabilise Northern Ireland's power-sharing government in today's crunch Assembly vote, it confirmed last night.

Orangemen urged to back parades plan

Orangemen will be urged by their leaders today to back key parading proposals linked to the landmark deal to devolve law and order powers to Northern Ireland.

Ian Paisley to step down

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley will not seek re-election in the forthcoming general election, it was revealed today.

Man killed in paramilitary-style execution

The murder of a man shot dead in Northern Ireland bore the brutal hallmarks of a paramilitary-style killing, politicians said today.

Car bomb explodes outside courthouse in Northern Ireland

A car bomb last night exploded in the Northern Ireland city of Newry, sending the political message that rebel republicans remain intent on attacking the Irish peace process.

Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams's wife has cancer surgery

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has spoken publicly for the first time of the “huge shock” at discovering his wife has been diagnosed with cancer.

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