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(...)

The rapidity with which the Northern Ireland Executive has descended into a full-blown crisis reflects not just a loss of trust between the various pa(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “People should keep it calm.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said it was envisaged the Provisional IRA would continue to exist as an unarmed group to prevent a vacuum emerging t(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures. He said Mi(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)

Mitchell Reiss: removing the major weapons was “a very important political symbol that the war was over”

A former US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, Mitchell Reiss, said he never expected IRA decommissioning to eliminate every last weapon but(...)

A  mural in west Belfast from 2005, the year the IRA announced the ending of its armed campaign. Photograph:  Paul McErlane/Getty Images

The admission by Det Supt Kevin Geddes, the PSNI officer in charge of the Kevin McGuigan murder inquiry, that the Provisional IRA still exists, has ac(...)

Saverio Bellante: his chances of securing release depend on the success of his treatment and the risk he poses to the community and to himself

The special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity was introduced with the enactment of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006. The Act dealt with(...)

Custodial sentences given to three former officers at Anglo Irish Bank represent  “the outcome of the most aggressive approach to corporate enforcement” in the history of the State

Three former officers at Anglo Irish Bank have been convicted and jailed for concealing and altering bank accounts connected to the bank’s former chai(...)