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(...)

 Gerry Adams: adamant that the IRA has “gone away”.   Photograph: Alan Betson

After Gerard “Jock” Davison was shot dead in the Markets area of central Belfast in early May, two investigations began: one by the PSNI and the other(...)

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(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has stated she accepts the PSNI view that the Provisional IRA still exists, while focusing on the police view (...)

Frankie Boyle’s appearance is one of the headline shows of the festival.

A controversial performance by Frankie Boyle is to go ahead at the West Belfast Festival, or Féile an Phobail, despite protests by a group who claimed(...)

Gerry Adams at a press conference in Dublin on July 28th, 2005, responding to the IRA announcement that its armed campaign was over. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has marked the 10th anniversary of the IRA formally declaring its armed campaign was over by stating the “IRA was neve(...)

Constable Glen Mackin appealed for public assistance in tracing who shot the birds and pointed out that peregrine falcons are a protected species under the Wildlife (NI) Order.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has deplored the shooting dead of two peregrine falcons in Co Armagh and expressed general concer(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers flies to Washington today to update politicians and prominent Irish-Americans. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

The public relations battle over who is chiefly responsible for the political deadlock caused by the welfare reform dispute has crossed the Atlantic(...)

 The peace wall on Bryson Street, Belfast. Photograph: David Sleator

The big questions asked in Vicky Cosstick’s book, Belfast: Towards a City Without Walls, are: will the peace walls ever come down, and will Martin McG(...)

Martin McGuinness: wants the US administration to intervene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is travelling to Washington today to urge the US administration to assist in breaking the deadlock t(...)