Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When it was scheduled, the interview with Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was meant to be about other issues. Then a political crisis er(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded and gone away”. Mr Flanagan was responding to Sinn Féin(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is holding talks in Dublin with Charlie Flanagan and Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

High-level talks are being held in Dublin and London today to determine if mechanisms can be devised that would protect the Northern Executive and (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it seemed clear to him that a solution would not be found within Northern Ireland and that some form of talks involving both governments would be required. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has indicated the Irish and British governments will need to become involved in negotiations to resolve t(...)

Bad old days: IRA graffiti in Belfast in 2002. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Getty

Why all this talk about the IRA? I thought they’d gone away, you know? There was a pretty widespread perception that IRA members became ex-IRA members(...)

Gerard ‘Jock’ Davidson, who was shot dead in the Markets area of Belfast in May.

A man (25) arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a former IRA commander in Belfast has been released without charge. Gerard ‘Jock’ Daviso(...)