Mary Lou McDonald claimed at the Sinn Féin ardfheis today that the party’s detractors are trying to push the line at in the absence of violence ‘all was well in the North’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two moments have stood out the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Wexford today, both on the same theme. Its most bellicose speeches defending the conflict were de(...)

 Deputy Mick Wallace at Leinster House yesterday. He said Mr Shatter had “tried to ridicule us, skew the debate, misrepresent us and show a level of disrespect to us as elected representatives.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter appeared to have drawn a line under the political row surrounding his disclosure of confidential information(...)