US envoy to the interparty talks Gary Hart speaking at a press conference in the US Consulate General offices in Belfast today.Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The US has no interest in “dictating” a solution to long-running political differences in Northern Ireland, US envoy Gary Hart has said, urging the(...)

US envoy to the inter-party talks, Gary Hart (right), is met at Parliament buildings Stormont by SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell and party colleague Joe Byrne. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The United States envoy to the North’s interparty talks has held a series of meeting aimed at ending deadlock over flags, parades and legacy issues of(...)

 Pádraig MacLochlainn put it most touchingly: “I know the character of Gerry Adams and I absolutely believe him.” It’s that “absolutely” that should alert those of us outside the party that we are in the realms of pure truthiness.  Photograph:  Collins

I owe Sinn Féin an apology. I have been judging the handling of child sexual abuse by the wrong standard. Like many equally mistaken people, I’ve been(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 6:55

Sinn Féin has dissociated itself from the endorsement by a senior republican of a blog claiming Maíria Cahill was involved in a consensual relationshi(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the R&D project also underlined the US company’s commitment to the city.

FRANCESS McDONNELLSeagate Technology is to invest £34.7 million (€43.8 million) in a major new research and development project in Derry.The American (...)

Not so long ago, in a troubled place they called the Six County Statelet, decent IRA volunteers indiscriminately murdered in a futile attempt to unite(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams:  he also employs the standard defence of the Catholic Church when confronted with its own past – that these “actions were of their time”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was the US strategist Karl Rove who came up with a phrase: “When you are explaining you are losing.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams wrote a very l(...)

Maíria Cahill arrives for her meeting with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Maíria Cahill has said she will meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny tomorrow morning at 10am to discuss her allegations that she and other women were victims(...)

 An attendee holds the order of service which features a portrait of the late Ian Paisley as guests arrive for thehis  memorial service at the Ulster Hall  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:19

More than 800 people attended a memorial service for the late DUP leader and first minister Ian Paisley in the Ulster Hall in Belfast this afternoon.D(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said progress was made from 2007-2012 but that the last two years had been ‘absolutely appalling’. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Negotiations to avert a crisis that could bring down the Northern Executive and Assembly began at Stormont yesterday amid recrimination, a dispute ove(...)