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(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: at the weekend he tweeted, “Pleased today’s Orange O parades passed peacefully. Parades Commission determination & those who mainly abided by it delivered.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About an hour after the north Belfast Orangemen dispersed and went home in the rain on Saturday night, local SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness issu(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described the image of a lynched figure on a bonfire at Ballycraigy on the outskirts of Antrim Town as “deeply offensive and a clear hate crime by those responsible”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Orange Order have expressed guarded hope that this evening’s contentious parade in north Belfast will c(...)

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 (...)

A Brazil fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the  World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Fan Fest in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil v Germany. A World Cup pairing of gargantuan, historical proportions, just the eight titles between them, endless epic encounters, and this, su(...)

Victoria Beckham and Samuel L Jackson: Wimbledon buddies. Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Just when you reckoned there was no sporting life outside the World Cup, along comes Serbia v Switzerland at Wimbledon where, apparently, a tennis tou(...)

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(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Leinster House in Dublin as senior unionists met to discuss the next phase of their protest against a decision to ban a controversial Orange Order parade from passing a nationalist neighbourhood. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionist leaders are being pressed to clarify what they mean by a “graduated response” in protest at a decision to ban an Orange demonstration at a no(...)

 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(...)

Colm Cooper: Dreams of playing for Costa Rica. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Day 19. (“Does it ever actually end?” Hush now). And who should turn up on the RTÉ couch only Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, who, he told us, chose Gaelic fo(...)