The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Red Hand Commando on Tuesday released a joint declaration of intent “recommitting” themselves to the peaceful and democratic principles of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Loyalist paramilitary have issued a statement pledging to “eschew all violence and criminality”. The Ulster Defence Association, the Ulster Volunteer (...)

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Billy Hutchinson: leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, which is linked to the UVF, said: “We will move on to the next part [of the graduated response]. It will be peaceful . . . as it was today, so I think we’re in a good position.”

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has praised the Orange Order and unionist and nationalist politicians for helping ensure that Saturday’s 12th of(...)

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road adjacent to the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The contentious Orange Order parade to the flashpoint police lines in north Belfast concluded peacefully last night. The return parade of North(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Robinson today with Orange, unionist and loyalist leaders addressing a meeting today at Ballymacarrett Orange hall in east Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Orange, unionist and loyalist leaders have called on the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to hold a commission of inquiry into Saturday’s disputed (...)

 PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton: “Violence and disorder in relation to the Twelfth is not inevitable.” Photograph: David Young/PA

The political atmosphere in Northern Ireland has deteriorated further after a DUP and Ulster Unionist Party decision to boycott today’s scheduled mee(...)

A loyalist protester gestures to the police in north Belfast last July on the third night of unrest after an Orange Parade was blocked from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Parades Commission has banned Orangemen from making their return parade past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast on the evening(...)

 DUP Leader Peter Robinson (left) and Councillor Gavin Robinson (right) speaking at the Launch of the DUP Party’s European and local council election manifesto in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin and the DUP have consolidated their grip on Northern politics in the second day of counting in the local government elections. With more tha(...)

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP are on course to maintain their respective positions as lead parties of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. How(...)

The late Hugh Smyth was a former Progressive Unionist Party leader and a one-time lord mayor of Belfast.

Hugh Smyth, who has died aged 75, was a former Progressive Unionist Party leader and a one-time lord mayor of Belfast. Titles aside, he was perhaps be(...)