Gerry Adams: Described the State Department’s postponement of a meeting with a senior US diplomat as “bizarre”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The US State Department declined to respond to criticism by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams that its decision to cancel his meeting with a high-rankin(...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)

A file photograph of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Frist Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Days after exchanging angry accusations over the stalled introduction of a revised welfare system, DUP First Minister Peter Robinson and Sinn Féin Dep(...)

A file image from the 1990s of former  Ulster Unionist leader James Molyneaux. Photograph: Reuters

The former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) James Molyneaux died today aged 94. Mr Molyneaux, who in 1997 took on the title of Lord Molyneaux(...)

Peter Robinson: “We are open to look at further powers but we are not obsessed by this issue of stacking up more powers.” Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, has rejected suggestions that political leaders are obsessed with stacking up more powers.Mr Robins(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, saying the desire had prevailed to give “the promise of a brighter future for all o(...)

Gerry Adams: issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots(...)

“The point is to actually break these bastards – that’s the point,” said Gerry Adams on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Newton’s third law is that for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction. In Northern Ireland that translates as, for every tribal ins(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as ‘bastards’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as “bastards”.Amid tensions in the North between Si(...)

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today promised to reciprocate if the SDLP gave Sinn Féin a free run in three constituencies. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The SDLP has turned down a call from Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for an electoral pact for May’s Westminster general election(...)