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(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Emails released in the political storm over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business as US secretary of state sho(...)

Northern Ireland  First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and DUP North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street, London, for a meeting with British PM David Cameron. Photograph: PA 2:44

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said he will take “unilateral action” if the Assembly is not adjourned or suspended for at least fo(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Sinn Féin are very well aware that what they are saying in opposition is not going to be upheld if they get into government.” Photograph: Sara Freund

Sinn Féin’s stance on water charges proves it is not fit for government, according to Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton. Ms Creighton on Monda(...)

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(...)

“This is a highly deplorable incident,”  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said over the sending of a suspicious package sent to his constituency office. “It is not something any office of any occupation should have to deal with at any time.”  File photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has condemned whoever sent a threatening package to his constituency office. A package, containing a suspiciou(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: his party has   resigned from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive and is forming an opposition over claims the Provisional IRA still exists. Photograph: PA

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has said trust between political parties in Northern Ireland must been re-established if the current politic(...)

Mike Nesbitt’s decision to pull a UUP Minister  out of the Executive exacerbated the sense of crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After the political maelstrom of the past week and the sense that the powersharing bodies could be blown apart in the tumult, Northern Ireland’s po(...)