Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: the Laois-Offaly TD said he believed the Minister for Justice had breached code of conduct ‘and we will be looking into this’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Justice may have breached her ministerial code of conduct and abused her position to cast “blatant smears” on Sinn Féin, the party h(...)

Claims that the IRA has gone away are a “blatant lie”, says the son of the only prison officer murdered in the Republic during the Troubles. His comme(...)

 Sinn Féin Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley, pictured with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, said the party has “no problem” with an assessment of the status of the IRA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin says a new assessment of the status of the Provisional IRA will prove it no longer exists as an organisation. The party said it welcomed th(...)

Brian Stanley  TD said Sinn Féin welcome the IRA assessment. “We have no problem with that, we welcome that. It will show that the army was stood down 10 years ago, that it doesn’t exist.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has asked the Garda Commissioner to liaise with the PSNI and carry out a fresh assessment of the operations of(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

DUP MP  Jeffrey Donaldson. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionist politicians have warned there must be no “fudging” of the response to alleged IRA involvement in the killing of republican Kevin McGuigan i(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: “I am very much aware that there are a number of individuals, both acting individually and acting in consort, involved in organised crime in a number of the areas mentioned by the Senator”

People linked with the Provisional IRA are still involved in criminality in the Republic but not on the same scale as in Northern Ireland, Garda sourc(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night that the IRA were not involved in the “brutal murder” of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this mont(...)