Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said his party would not discuss the past as part of the Haass  talks until Lady Justice Hallett’s report into the ‘on the runs’ controversy is published. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has cast doubt on the potential value of political talks on the three Haass issues - parades, flags and(...)

UK government on the run

The release from jail of 400 loyalists and republicans on licence, many of them convicted killers, was always one of the most controversial and(...)

The vehemence of Dr Ian  Paisley’s criticism of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter  Robinson in a BBC documentary has raised questions of implications for the political future of his son, North Antrim MP Ian Paisley jnr (above). Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has said Ian Paisley jnr has nothing to fear from the internal DUP party fallout over this week’s BBC documentary about (...)