But the past is not just about British national security, about the military and intelligence agencies and what information will be disclosed. This process is no closer to understanding what co-operation it could expect from the IRA and the various loyalist organisations.  PA

On the cover of the latest Stormont deal the words “A fresh start” are typed. They are meant to signal yet another new beginning, another moment when (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone to discuss escalating tensions in the North following a decision to ban a contentious parade in Belfast in the coming days

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone to discuss escalating tensions in the North following a decisio(...)

Dr Richard Haass  with Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at Iveagh House in Dublin. Photographh: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Retired US diplomat Dr Richard Haass has said he foresees no role for himself ahead of a fresh attempt to revive talks between Northern leaders on the(...)

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy and artist Robert Ballagh attending the Sinn Féin election rally held in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin last night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has insisted his party is fully committed to new policing arrangements in Northern Ireland and to measures to deal wit(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for Alan Shatter to stand down as Minister for Justice and for a radical overhaul of the system of policing. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for Alan Shatter to stand down as Minister for Justice and for a radical overhaul of the system of p(...)

US envoy Richard Haass and Prof Meghan O’Sullivan who proposals have been rejected by the UUP.

Letters to paramilitary on-the-runs ought to be rescinded and all cases of alleged terrorist activity should be re-examined, according to the U(...)

Time to finish the job

Northern Ireland badly needs a more visionary politics concerned with joint projects if it is to free itself from past conflicts – and Bill Cli(...)

Peadar Tóibín. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin delegates voted by a comfortable majority at the party’s ardfheis last night against a motion allowing for freedom of conscience in votin(...)

Peter Robinson with Martin McGuinness. But would he have sat down with him of his own volition? Photograph: Arthur Allison

In mid-December a neighbour offered this opinion on the Haass talks: “You know there is absolutely no chance of that shower doing a deal.”And then he (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “I described the failure to reach agreement as a step not taken rather than a step back. I still take that view.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has rejected claims that the Irish and British governments stood back from the Haass/O’Sullivan Northern Ireland talks on flags(...)