The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Martin McGuinness described the comments as ‘total nonsense’ and said Sinn Féin’s has made significant contributions to the economy in the North.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin McGuinness has rejected suggestions by Goldman Sachs that Sinn Féin represents the main threat to the growth of Ireland’s economy as “total no(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader James Molyneaux who has died aged 94.

Lord Molyneaux of Killead, who has died aged 94, led the Ulster Unionist Party from 1979 until 1995, a period when the British-Irish relationship was (...)

 David McConaghie (50), pleaded not guilty to committing voyeurism on dates between August 22nd and September 13th, 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A former church minister and DUP MP adviser on Wednesday denied a charge of voyeurism. Appearing at Craigavon Magistrates Court, 50-year-old David McC(...)

Potential partners: Peter Robinson with David Cameron in the Downing Street garden (bottom right) and with Ed Miliband in Belfast (bottom left); David Cameron formed his current coalition with Nick Clegg (top left); Robinson will be under pressure to deliver short-term gains to party colleagues frightened of Traditional Unionist Voice, the party of Jim Allister (top right). Photographs: Will Oliver/AFP/Getty, Charles McQuillan/Getty, Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty and Paul Faith/PA Wire

Gregory Campbell, the Democratic Unionist Party MP for East Derry – or East Londonderry, as he would prefer – says he will be glad when Friday, May 8t(...)

Jeffrey Dudgeon: “I knew all about homosexuality, and by my midteens I had ascertained that fact about myself”

In his tweed hat, grey overcoat and horn-rimmed glasses, Jeffrey Dudgeon looks the picture of respectability. That’s because he is respectable: at 65,(...)

The PSNI appears to be at fault for the error which led to the suspension of an inquest into the 2003 alleged murder by the IRA of Armagh man Gareth O’Connor, the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has told the House of Commons. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The PSNI appears to be at fault for the error which led to the suspension of an inquest into the 2003 alleged murder by the IRA of Armagh man Gareth O(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is adamant the party “does not want to go into government as a minority party”. Photograph: Eric Luke

With the TV dramatisation in full flow, it’s not surprising that Charlie Haughey creeps into conversation during an interview with Sinn Féin leader(...)

David McConaghie: accused of voyeurism

A former church minister and DUP MP advisor accused of voyeurism is to be prosecuted in the Crown Court. A prosecuting lawyer told Craigavon Magistrat(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is to give evidence before a parliamentary investigation into the “on the runs”  scheme for fugitive IRA members. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will today face questioning by a House of Commons committee into the role he played in offering letters to(...)