Gerry Kelly MLA North Belfast: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee “comprised politicians all of whom oppose Sinn Féin”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly, who handled the requests for letters of comfort by republicans stating that they were not wanted for prosecution, has said th(...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

The year-long inquiry was prompted by the collapse in the prosecution of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. Downey was one of the recipients of the ‘on the run’ letters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Letters given by the British Government for nearly a decade to Republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution were “questionably unlawf(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Scottish National Party of being in “an unholy alliance”. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who faces major losses in Scotland in May’s general election, has accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of “an unholy (...)

British prime minster David Cameron speaking to BBC News 24’s chief political correspondent James Landale about the prospect of whether he would run for a third term if he remained prime minister after the election. Photograph: BBC News 24/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron, who has led the Conservative Party since 2005 and occupied No 10 Downing Street for five years, has said that he(...)

James Brohan’s painting of poet Seamus Heaney is one of the highlights of the collection, and is currently on display at Barbara Stanley’s gallery in Mayfair

Leading Irish artists, including Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley, have donated paintings to raise funds for the Irish Cultural Centre in Lond(...)

Portable politician: Armagh-born Conor McGinn at Windle Labour Club, in St Helens

Conor McGinn’s class at St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook, in south Co Armagh, would get a few more minutes than pupils elsewhere to complete their o(...)

The land of Du Noyer: Martha Kearney at Dunluce Castle, in Antrim. Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

Martha Kearney presents her lunchtime news programme on the BBC, The World at One, to nearly four million Radio 4 listeners each week, concentrating o(...)

Janice Atkinson. Ukip has removed the whip from the MEP and axed her as a general election candidate “following allegations of a serious financial nature”, the party said. Photograph: PA

A UK Independence Party MEP who had been running for a House of Commons seat is facing a police investigation after one of her staff was filmed ask(...)

The chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander speaking in the Commons yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

Increased penalties for people who fail to pay taxes due on money held in offshore banks, along with levying significant fines on companies who try t(...)