Mairia Cahill and two other victims of alleged sexual abuse by an IRA member have held a “constructive” and “positive” meeting with Sir Keir Starmer, QC. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mairia Cahill and two other victims of alleged sexual abuse by an IRA member have held a “constructive” and “positive” meeting with Sir Keir Starmer, (...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

Maíria Cahill who has alleged she was raped by a suspected IRA member when she was a teenager in 1997. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory has ordered an independent review into how the Public Prosecution Service handled the case o(...)

The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions has said an independent review of how the Maíria Cahill prosecution case was handled is to be established. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An independent review of how the prosecution case was handled in the Maíria Cahill case is to be established, the North’s Director of Public Prosecuti(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter  Robinson has  expressed “suspicion” that senior republicans such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness received official British guarantees that they would never face prosecution for alleged involvement in actions such as the killings of Jean McConville and Frank Hegarty. Photograph: Will Oliver/PA Wire

The comfort letters issued to the so-called republican on-the-runs (OTR) must be declared “null and void” so that pledges of non-prosecution should ha(...)

Laurence Robertson, Conservative MP who chairs the NI affairs committee, said he was surprised and disappointed that Sinn Féin had refused to answer questions about the on-the-runs scheme.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The unravelling of the agreement reached with the British government over so-called on-the-runs (OTRs) would set “a dangerous precedent”, Sinn Féin(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson who is among those giving evidence to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee which is examining the issue of the on the runs.

British government ministers justified the so-called on the runs scheme for republicans on the basis that they “were trying to bring peace” to Norther(...)

Former northern secretary Peter Hain insisted the deal over letters of comfort was not a secret one. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Sinn Féin will not deal with the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee which is dealing with the issue of the so-called on the runs (OT(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: “I don’t think the arrest and questioning does any harm. That indicates that nobody is above the law.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Peter Robinson has said Sinn Féin must clarify its position on support for policing.The DUP leader and First Minister is maintaining pressure on Marti(...)

 Tánaiste   Eamon Gilmore who said he would speaking to Dr Richard Haass today  about a possible resumption in the Northern Ireland talks in which the US diplomat could have a role. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is due to talk to Dr Richard Haass today as the political fallout from the arrest and detention of Gerry Adams for five days br(...)