A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: ‘Things are going in the right direction.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have expressed confidence that a political deal will be agreed this week at Stormont. However, Northern Se(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern at an event marking the Good Friday Agreement. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The trite but truthful answer as to whether a united Ireland will happen is that only time will tell. Still, this week’s RTÉ/BBC poll seems to indica(...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Another week, another crisis in the peace process which passeth all understanding. Tuesday’s report into the state of the Northern Ireland ceasefires (...)

“It must be difficult for the DUP leader to hold the line.”.  Photo : Niall Carson/PA Wire

One of the first out of the blocks after the report on the IRA and the other paramilitaries was published was Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Al(...)

Jamie Donaldson in action on the 17th hole during the Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The telltale signs of positive tidings were everywhere at Royal Portrush yesterday. A crammed car park, a crowded press briefing room. TV cameras and (...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: appears to want some commitments in relation to a body or bodies that would help establish whether or not the IRA has gone away. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern political eyes and ears are focused on the House of Commons this afternoon where Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers will update MPs on the p(...)

Comments by Bobby Storey that the IRA had gone away were ridiculed by the Traditional Unionist Voice party. Photograph: Reuters

Unionist politicians have rounded on Sinn Féin after leading republican Bobby Storey compared the IRA to a “butterfly” that has flown away. Monday’s r(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Emails released in the political storm over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business as US secretary of state sho(...)