Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard: “lack of discernible unionist political reaction.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has questioned unionists’ response to the declaration by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) that it remains in existence and has no inten(...)

A masked member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) colour party at a Remembrance Day service  in  north Belfast, in  2004. Photograph: PA

The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) has asserted that it remains in existence and has no intention of disbanding while any republican paramilitary th(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers:  was involved in the negotiations at Stormont with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern politicians will next week start grappling with how to deal with the fallout from the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan last mont(...)

The North’s Policing Board is to raise with the chief constable George Hamilton a new survey which found that almost every police officer in Northern (...)

Charlie Flanagan says he detects “a willingness on the part of the party leaders to move forward” on the North talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “a chart has been set” as part of political attempts to end the latest Stormont crisis. Speakin(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

A man walks past a mural in east Belfast. Britain has said that all parties in Northern Ireland will begin talks on Monday, led by the British and Irish governments. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Multiparty talks are expected to begin at Stormont on Monday after the Northern Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said the British government had co(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: appears to want some commitments in relation to a body or bodies that would help establish whether or not the IRA has gone away. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern political eyes and ears are focused on the House of Commons this afternoon where Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers will update MPs on the p(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said there should be no preconditions to any talks held between Northern parties to resolve the impasse that has bro(...)

Philip Matthews can’t stop  Michael Lynagh scoring the winning try in the 1991 World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Inpho

The best teams in any sport are the ones who never know when they are beaten. For them, the clock seems to tick on that little bit longer and f(...)