File photograph showing members of the Irish navy standing behind what is believed to be about €300 million worth of cocaine detained on the Makayabella yacht off the coast of Cork. Three men have been sentenced for  their part in the drug smuggling operation. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A man has been jailed for 10 years and two others for eight years each for attempting to smuggle almost €300 million of cocaine into the UK.Yacht skip(...)

‘The interesting thing is that this hostility (against Gerry Adams, above) is largely an Irish phenomenon. I don’t detect the same level of antagonism in the British or European or US media.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Even in far-off Washington DC for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams couldn’t escape the front pages of the Irish news(...)

Martin McGuinness and Rita O’Hare arriving at Dublin Airport in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected demands by a Conservative MP to investigate a former Downing Street official’s decision to warn(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair could be summoned to appear before a House of Commons inquiry into letters given to more than 200 Republican(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, speaks to media outside 10 Downing Street after talks with former British prime minister Gordon Brown in London in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

At the heart of the difficulties in which the Stormont Assembly and powersharing executive found themselves this week is the fact that Northern(...)

Martin McGuinness: contended yesterday there was information about the on-the-runs scheme in the political and public arena

First Minister Peter Robinson and other unionist politicians have continued to insist they were unaware of th(...)

A street in Kabul: can lessons be learned in Afghanistan from the experience of Northern Ireland? Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Behind the debate on whether Gerry Adams can really be regarded as a mini-Mandela lies a suggestion that the conflicts in South Africa and Northern Ir(...)

Jonathan Powell: A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests in Belfast, a former chie(...)

Alastair Campbell with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the launch of Mr Campbell’s book The Irish Diaries last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The close relationship between Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair was fundamental to the success of the Belfast Agreement and the peace process, former Briti(...)

Amanda Burke and Jonathan Powell at All Things Connemara, in Clifden, Co Galway

If you travelled in Ireland this summer, you might have had the experience of stopping in a town or village and asking a local to suggest somewhere to(...)