John Downey: In February, Peter Robinson threatened to resign as First Minister after the on-the-runs controversy came to light with his London trial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It was essential that non-prosecution commitments issued to more than 180 so-called republican on-the-runs cannot now be used to avoid potential futu(...)

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Thousands gathered in city centre Belfast today for the Rally for Life demonstration. Bernadette Smyth of the Precious Life group in Northern Ireland (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the British and Irish governments should intervene to stabilise the volatile political situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern is growing in the North that the potential for serious community tensions during next Saturday’s Twelfth of July parades has increased signif(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore is in Belfast today  to discuss whether there are any means of pressing forward with the Haass proposals on parades, flags and the past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The North’s main parties with the assistance of the British and Irish governments are to make a determined effort to achieve a deal on the past, parad(...)

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(...)

George Hamilton also served as assistant chief constable in the crime division in Strathclyde in Scotland from 2009 to 2011. Photograph: PA

The next PSNI chief constable will be George Hamilton who currently is an assistant chief constable with the force, the North’s Policing Board has ann(...)