In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Sinn Féin’s Falls Road office was paint-bombed and graffiti scrawled on the century-old facade of the the Car(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont  spoke about his party’s intent to resign from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After the IRA came to shoot our (Catholic) neighbour, his dignified family members closed their door and grieved. Us youngsters on the street in Derr(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson MP said the word of the Sinn Féin leadership could not be relied on.

A Democratic Unionist Party MP has said an independent mechanism to assess whether the IRA still existed could help to solve the current crisis. Jeff(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  expressed sympathy to the family of Conall Kerrigan for their “tragic loss”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Derry have ruled out a crime. The body of Conall Kerrigan (25), a plumber from Claudy, was found bet(...)

Senior Republican Bobby Storey (right) listens to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton  at a debate. “Perhaps most extraordinary is the statement by . . . Hamilton that although the IRA is illegal, its continuing existence has been good for the peace process.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

When the late Rev Ian Paisley wanted to signal a political crisis he bellowed and roared and issued dire warnings. (Though we have just learned that w(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams took a brief break from his holidays to effectively say the PSNI’s George Hamilton was talking nonsense. Then he resumed his summer vacation. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If the Sinn Féin leadership is concerned or nervous about the PSNI chief constable’s weekend assessment that Provisional IRA members were involved in (...)

The increasing fragility of political relations in Northern Ireland under a devolved administration should be a matter of concern to the Irish and Bri(...)

Kevin McGuigan was shot dead outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast on  August 12th.

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked the killing to the Provisional IRA. Det (...)

Pearse Doherty: “I am who I am. I believe in what I believe in. I’m not going to change my beliefs to suit anybody else.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s not a life for the vaguely committed: the eight-hour round trips twice a week from Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal to Leinster House on some terrible ro(...)