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(...)

Martin McGuinness: contended yesterday there was information about the on-the-runs scheme in the political and public arena

First Minister Peter Robinson and other unionist politicians have continued to insist they were unaware of th(...)

In their critique of Judge Smithwick’s report, the three retired gardaí state that they have “followed the same journey as the tribunal” and “walked i(...)

 Mr Justice Peter Smithwick:  Three former senior gardaí believe the Smithwick Tribunal did not place enough emphasis on the evidence of former members of the Provisional IRA who met the tribunal and outlined how they had planned the killings without, they claimed, assistance from any Garda members.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three former senior gardaí have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal’s conclusions, challenging its key finding of collusion(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick arriving at the tribunal. Three former senior Garda officers say the finding of Garda collusion  damages relations between the Garda and PSNI and undermines the State’s ability to actively pursue substantial acts of collusion during the Troubles.

The failure of the Smithwick Tribunal to undertake a basic reconstruction of the murders of the two RUC officers it investigated meant it missed a vit(...)

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the force had an excellent working relationship with An Garda Síocháma. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Relations between police in the Republic and Northern Ireland will not be soured by the findings of the Smithwick report, the PSNI chief constable has(...)

High-profile witnesses at the Smithwick Tribunal have included former Garda commissioner Noel Conroy, above. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A long-awaited report into allegations of Garda collusion in the IRA murder of two senior RUC men will be be handed over to the Government today.The (...)

PSNI chief Matt Baggott: surge recently in dissident republican activity. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Dissident republican groups appear engaged in a “bizarre” competition with each other, the PSNI chief constable said yesterday, after a car bomb partl(...)

File photograph of Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s minister for health, who has suggested  the PSNI are protecting certain drug dealers. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

A senior PSNI officer has rejected suggestions that some police officers are protecting loyalist drugs dealers because they were also acting as inform(...)

Mr Robinson said he was “depressed” at the level of negative political reaction to the initial proposals to create a “shared futu(...)