Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

A former US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Mitchell Reiss, said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon but(...)

A  mural in west Belfast from 2005, the year the IRA announced the ending of its armed campaign. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Getty Images

The admission by Det Supt Kevin Geddes, the PSNI officer in charge of the Kevin McGuigan murder inquiry, that the Provisional IRA still exists, has ac(...)

 The  LÉ ‘Niamh’ with the  ‘Makayabella’ after she was seized by a boarding party who found 1,025 kgs of cocaine worth €290 million on board. Photograph: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

A yacht at the centre of one of Ireland’s biggest drugs seizures has been viewed by up to 20 potential buyers ahead of being auctioned in Cork tomorro(...)

 Irish Navy ship LE Niamh with the yacht Makayabella in the foreground. Photograph: PA

A yacht at the centre of one of Ireland’s biggest ever drugs seizure is due to go for auction later this year and could fetch up to €100,000, accordin(...)

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(...)