Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers appointed a three-person panel last month to review the PSNI assessment of the current status of paramilitary groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A report into the status of the IRA and other paramilitary groups expected to be published on Thursday could be critical in determining whether the c(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton,  Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford at the annual cross-border seminar on organised crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Garda Commissioner and the PSNI chief constable have played down any differences between them on the level of involvement by the IRA in criminal a(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a panel to help assess the status of the IRA and other paramilitaries as talks continue at Storm(...)

 DUP party leader Peter Robinson: “I am an optimist by nature. I believe that there is a way through . . . I still believe that the direction of travel is right.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader Peter Robinson says he wants round-table talks to begin on Monday but he needs commitments from the British government for that to happen. (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  and DUP MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street to meet British prime minister  David Cameron. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for “urgent” talks with the Taoiseach and the British prime minister over the c(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt (centre left) leaving a meeting on whether the party should withdraw from the North’s Executive.

The ruling executive of the Ulster Unionist Party has unanimously endorsed the recommendation of its leader Mike Nesbitt to withdraw its single Minist(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)