‘Niall O’Dowd’s reminder and characterisation of Adams’s centrality to the peace process certainly served the interests of Sinn Féin, especially in the week that’s in it. There was no mention from the podiums in New York, or it seems the following day in Washington, of Adams’s recent troubles arising from how his party and the IRA responded to reports of child abuse.’ O’Dowd made his comments at the  Irish America Hall of Fame in New York, on Monday, at which former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke. Photograph:  EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

At an annual St Patrick’s week lunch in New York this week at which Hillary Clinton was inducted into the Irish America Magazine’s hall of fame, publi(...)

On RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland on Wednesday, Sinn Féin  leader Gerry Adams said he believed Paudie McGahon was raped but, when asked if he had been brought before an IRA kangaroo court, he said he did not know. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

If the kind of scandal that has beset Sinn Féin over the IRA’s handling of sex abusers within its ranks had happened with any other political party, i(...)

Gerry Adams and  Martin McGuinness after the latter’s address at the  ardfheis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin McGuinness was in good form on Saturday morning. How much better could it get? Sinn Féin’s conference was in his native city of Derry, it wasn’(...)

A US jusge has ordered that the Boston College tapes be taken to the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast and placed in secure storage there.

Sealed tapes of interviews given by a former loyalist prisoner to a university project will not now be held on American territory in Belfast.Senior ju(...)

A man walks past graffiti relating to the Boston College tapes on the Falls Road, west Belfast last year. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

A former loyalist prisoner has lost his legal bid to stop police investigating murder and robbery from obtaining interviews he gave to a US university(...)

A man walks past graffiti on a wall off the Falls Road, Belfast, in 2014. photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

A former loyalist prisoner has secured a High Court order to stop police flying to the US to collect tapes of interviews he gave to a US university pr(...)

A man walks past graffiti relating to the Boston College tapes on the Falls Road, west Belfast last year.  Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

A former loyalist prisoner has started a High Court bid to block prosecuting authorities from obtaining interviews he gave to a US university projec(...)

 Rioters turn a burning lorry into a barricade in the Divis Flats area of Belfast in May 1981 as violence erupted following the death of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The Irish government’s desire to see the demolition of the high-rise Divis Flats in west Belfast “to reduce the influence of Sinn Féin” is highlighted(...)

An undated handout photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her 10 children. Photograph: PA Wire

Two men arrested by police in Northern Ireland in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have been released.A 63-year-old(...)

 Mairía Cahill: her controversy has had more impact on potential Sinn Féin voters than the arrest of Gerry Adams in May. photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The controversy surrounding Mairía Cahill has had some impact on the ability of Sinn Féin to attract support, but a majority of people say it will no(...)