Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “People should keep it calm.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said it was envisaged the Provisional IRA would continue to exist as an unarmed group to prevent a vacuum emerging t(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: the Laois-Offaly TD said he believed the Minister for Justice had breached code of conduct ‘and we will be looking into this’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Justice may have breached her ministerial code of conduct and abused her position to cast “blatant smears” on Sinn Féin, the party h(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said that “some provisional IRA organisational infrastructure continues to exist”. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

  The international body set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North stated in its final report in 2011 that the IRA had “gone ou(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams took a brief break from his holidays to effectively say the PSNI’s George Hamilton was talking nonsense. Then he resumed his summer vacation. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If the Sinn Féin leadership is concerned or nervous about the PSNI chief constable’s weekend assessment that Provisional IRA members were involved in (...)

Claims that the IRA has gone away are a “blatant lie”, says the son of the only prison officer murdered in the Republic during the Troubles. His comme(...)

 Sinn Féin Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley, pictured with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald, said the party has “no problem” with an assessment of the status of the IRA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin says a new assessment of the status of the Provisional IRA will prove it no longer exists as an organisation. The party said it welcomed th(...)

DUP MP  Jeffrey Donaldson. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionist politicians have warned there must be no “fudging” of the response to alleged IRA involvement in the killing of republican Kevin McGuigan i(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to raise the transfer pact proposal at the parliamentary party’s away day in Wicklow next month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Tánaiste Joan Burton will ask Labour TDs and Senators to give their assent to a vote transfer pact with Fine Gael when the parliamentary(...)