Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson speaks about his decision to step down at Stormont Castle, November 19th, 2015. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On the cobbles outside Belfast City Hall, views among locals on the decision of Peter Robinson to stand down as First Minister ranged from apathy, kin(...)

Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Brian Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s, says Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin has stated that reports of how British agent Brian Nelson allegedly set up republicans and nationalists for murder and targeting demonstr(...)

Bobby Storey. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Gillen opposed peace process, but held firm with Adams and McGuinness Brian Gillen (58), from Belfast, is a senior republican who has generally manag(...)

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(...)

A  mural in west Belfast from 2005, the year the IRA announced the ending of its armed campaign. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Getty Images

The admission by Det Supt Kevin Geddes, the PSNI officer in charge of the Kevin McGuigan murder inquiry, that the Provisional IRA still exists, has ac(...)

The increasing fragility of political relations in Northern Ireland under a devolved administration should be a matter of concern to the Irish and Bri(...)

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night that the IRA were not involved in the “brutal murder” of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this mont(...)

Northern Ireland Justice Minister and Alliance Party member  David Ford. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The IRA may still be active a decade after its public disbandment, a senior Northern Ireland official has said. The remark prompted a flat denial fro(...)

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly last night said that there was no Provisional IRA involvement in the killing of Kevin McGuigan. He made the comments as t(...)

 Stormont  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The DUP has called talks on barring Sinn Féin from the Assembly  after the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast was linked  to the Provisional IRA. File  photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked his death to the Provisional IRA. Detec(...)