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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”.

Belfast’s old foes to mark historic deal with trip to the White House

Barack Obama last night set the American presidential seal of approval on Northern Ireland's political breakthrough by commending those involved and inviting them to the White House next month.

The relief, the positives and the damage of NI breakthrough

After 10 bruising days for the political process, relief rather than celebration was the dominant public reaction to the breakthrough in the policing talks.

Peter Robinson fought ferociously to defend party's standing

DUP leader Peter Robinson has endured the worst month of his life, but has emerged from the political debris today clutching a deal with Sinn Fein.

Martin McGuinness: Ex-IRA man who became a master of politics

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness has travelled a long political road since his role in the IRA, but unionist hard-liners remain angry that today's deal will see him share political responsibility for law and order in Northern Ireland.

Ulster talks end with basis for deal, says Sinn Fein

Talks to save Northern Ireland's power-sharing government have ended and the basis for a deal now exists, Sinn Fein said today.

Peter Robinson urged to publish legal advice

Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson has faced calls to publish legal advice clearing him of breaching his code of office.

Peter Robinson 'struggling to sell Northern Ireland policing deal to DUP'

Negotiations over a devolution deal continued into the early hours amid growing indications that DUP leader Peter Robinson was struggling to sell policing and justice proposals to members of his own party.

Talks resume to save power-sharing government

Talks to save Northern Ireland's power-sharing government resume today with the parties edging closer to a deal on policing, justice and parades.

'Considerable progress' in Ulster negotiations

A deal to save Northern Ireland's powersharing government was in sight today after "considerable progress" was made in securing the transfer of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.

Ulster talks continue as deal proves elusive

Marathon talks to save Northern Ireland's crisis-hit powersharing government entered a sixth day today.

Brown: 'Pathway' to Northern Ireland settlement laid

Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said a crunch summit to save Northern Ireland's power sharing government had failed to secure a settlement but insisted a "pathway" to an agreement had been laid.

Northern Ireland talks go down to wire on policing

Two prime ministers intervene to bridge the divide on devolution

Peter Robinson warning on Ulster policing deal

It is too soon to tell if a deal will be clinched on devolving policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland, the leader of the Democratic Unionists warned today.

Leading article: Time for an end to the DUP veto

The Irish peace process has delivered huge advances and saved many lives but it has yet to deliver political stability, as the latest crisis in Belfast demonstrates with such dismal clarity.

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