Ian Paisley and Bertie Ahern meeting at the British irish Council Summit in 2008, flanked by (from left) Gerry Kelly, Ian Paisley Jr, Eamon O’Cuiv and Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Former taoiseach recalls former leader’s warmth and sincerity

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health and James O’Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said the core elements of the Government’s health policy are in “freefall”.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Coalition in process of ‘abandoning’ many of its pledges, says SF health spokesman

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smile after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont in May 2007. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

‘One thing we were united on was that our people were better able to govern ourselves than any British government’

File photograph of  Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister rejects Robinson’s description of Executive as ‘not fit for purpose’

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking at his party’s think-in in Co Louth last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader says Government needs to ‘lift its game’

Mary Lou McDonald: said she had never been in Australia before, but anyone who had understood the “sheer distances involved”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin deputy leader says no public money was used for €4,000 ticket

Martin McGuinness: “If Scotland gets, in the context of there being a No vote, power over social welfare and the ability to decide their own social welfare payment rates, then that has big implications for us . . . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Adams tells Sinn Féin think-in Kenny and Burton are implementing ‘Tory’ policies

Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness (left) at the Sinn Féin think-in in Co Louth today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

North’s Deputy First Minister hails “huge moment in history” for Scottish people

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