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(...)

Loyalists gather outside Antrim PSNI station after it was announced that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was to be released without charge following questioning over the Jean McConville murder on. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As Gerry Adams was driven from Antrim police station yesterday one observer among the camera crews, reporters and also some angry loyalists there to g(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference in Belfast last night following his release from custody. He said much of the questioning centred on claims contained in the Boston College tapes. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, who was released from Antrim police station yesterday evening after five days in custody, has again insisted he wa(...)

The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory has asked the PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott to investigate claims and admissions that a(...)

Three officials from the Department of Health briefed the Assembly health committee today about the current state of the move to revise the guidelines on when abortion could take place in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Revised guidelines on abortion in Northern Ireland which will address the issue of foetal abnormality will be published as soon as possible and certai(...)