Engineer killed by falling tree at NI forest park ‘had gone to make safe’ a kiosk during storm
An electrical engineer killed during a storm in Co Armagh was just about to leave a forest park when a 200-year-old beech tree was blown over and crushed him, a court has heard.
Former career US diplomat admits spying for Cuban intelligence for decades
A former US ambassador has said he will admit serving as a secret agent for communist Cuba going back decades, bringing an unexpectedly fast resolution to a case prosecutors described as one of the most brazen betrayals in the history of the US foreign service.
Irish President Michael D Higgins taken to hospital after feeling unwell
President Michael D Higgins was taken to hospital today after complaining of feeling unwell.
NI council criticised for ‘ignorance’ after booking male keynote speaker for International Women’s Day
A council’s decision to book a man to give the keynote speech on International Women’s Day shows “ignorance” of what the event is about, a women’s rights advocate has said.
Fianna Fail adds senators Lisa Chambers and Niall Blaney to European ticket
Fianna Fail has added senators Lisa Chambers and Niall Blaney to its European ticket to contest the June elections.
Essex Police drop investigation into MP Julian Knight
Essex Police have dropped an investigation into MP Julian Knight following allegations of serious sexual assault.
Putin’s nuclear threat over Ukraine ‘deplorable’, says UK foreign minister
Vladimir Putin’s threatened use of nuclear weapons over Ukraine has been condemned as “irresponsible and deplorable” by a UK foreign minister.
Trump appeals against decision to remove his name from Illinois primary ballot
Lawyers for Donald Trump have appealed against a judge’s decision ordering election officials to remove his name from the Illinois primary ballot.
Concern over alleged use of children as '£10 touts' by PSNI
Youth workers have said that the alleged practice is putting young people at risk
Department of Justice braced for ‘most challenging year’ amid funding challenges
Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice is facing £444 million of pressures ahead of its “most challenging year”, a Stormont committee has heard.
Border protections at UK airports ‘neither effective nor efficient’
Border protections at UK airports are neither “effective nor efficient” as ePassport gates are left unmanned, a report has said.
Staff working with children in NI asylum hotels ‘not checked or trained’
Staff working with children and vulnerable adults in asylum accommodation in Northern Ireland have not undergone checks or training, a report has found.
Home Office has ‘culture of defensiveness’, sacked borders watchdog warns
The Home Office has a “culture of defensiveness” and “will not change” if it does not want to, the borders and immigration watchdog warned in a report produced before he was fired.
Cleverly overrules top civil servant on funding security for Jewish communities
James Cleverly has overruled the Home Office’s top civil servant on funding security for Jewish communities.
Food trade bodies consider legal action over post-Brexit ‘not for EU’ labelling
Producers say the labelling could add £250m a year to their costs, further fuelling inflationFood industry trade bodies are discussing whether to take legal action against the government over post-Brexit plans that will require all meat and dairy products sold in the UK to be labelled as “not for...
Glamping site refused permission after locals complain of sex noises and parties
A glamping site has been refused planning permission after neighbours reported having to “awkwardly” listen to couples having sex in the thin tents as well as disturbance caused by karaoke parties.
Russian onslaught targets more Ukrainian towns and villages
Russian forces are pushing hard against more Ukrainian towns and villages in eastern and south-eastern Ukraine as Moscow tries to press its advantage in weapons and troops, officials in Kyiv have said.
Lawyers for No group label referendum proposal as ‘unclear’ and ‘toothless’
A group of barristers have argued for two No votes in the upcoming referenda, stating that the carers amendment is “utterly toothless”.
Government approves £2.5 billion in ‘loans’ for distressed councils
Effective loans totalling nearly £2.5 billion requested by 19 councils suffering acute financial distress have been approved in principle by the Government.
Scottish councils write to Chancellor ahead of Budget calling for more funding
The body representing Scotland’s local authorities has joined with council bodies from across the UK to call for more funding from the Chancellor ahead of the spring Budget next week.