Aa masked jihadi mocks British prime minister David Cameron in a purported Islamic State video. Photograph: PA

The poor don’t rebel; they don’t have the energy or the time. And they don’t have the money. Recently on Andrew Neil’s politics show on the BBC an ar(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Do I think judges can’t make mistakes? No I don’t.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has declined to say whether he agrees with his party leader’s comments on Thomas “Slab” Murphy being(...)

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs is meeting Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to discuss how to implement the deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior ministers from Dublin, London and Belfast will meet in Dublin on Monday to discuss a range of issues that arise from the recent Fresh Start agr(...)

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(...)