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 Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a story that won’t go away. For all Fianna Fáil’s rebranding efforts, the troublesome past always comes back to haunt it. Tuesday’s edition of(...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)

Pearse Doherty also criticised comments by the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has dismissed the controversy over the IRA’s alleged involvement in the killing of Kevin McGuigan as a “fake crisis” creat(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

Fianna Fáil Councillor Ivan Connaughton said:  “There will be people who will not be happy with my decision, but I have do what is in the best interest for the people of Roscommon and the people of Galway.”

Fianna Fáil Councillor Ivan Connaughton is considering running as an Independent in the next general election. Mr Connaughton, who ran for the party i(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party has “no special, or particular or specific responsibility” to respond to allegations made about the IRA. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party has “no special, or particular or specific responsibility” to respond to allegations made about the IR(...)

Michéal Martin: the Fianna Fáil leader called for urgent talks between the Irish and British governments.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has criticised Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers for her response to the PSNI’s assessment that IRA members were (...)

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 (...)

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(...)