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(...)