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(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has stated she accepts the PSNI view that the Provisional IRA still exists, while focusing on the police view (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams participates in  a national hunger strike commemoration march in Dundalk on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has insisted “the IRA has gone away” and was not involved in the killing of Belfast man Kevin McGuigan or engaged i(...)

PSNI Chief Constable issues a statement on his views on the current status of the Provisional IRA, in Belfast, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

The Provisional IRA is committed to following a political path and is no longer engaged in terrorism, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has said. (...)

Seamus Hamilton, husband of the late Melissa Hamilton, of Killgordon, Donegal, speaking to the media after leaving the Four Courts. Photograph: Courts Collins

The husband and children of a young mother who died of breast cancer after two missed opportunities to diagnose the disease, have settled their High C(...)

 Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton said: “The construction industry is vitally important to the economy in Northern Ireland, employing nearly 60,000 people.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Positive signs of growth suggest the local building trade is recovering, the North’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has said as he welcomed stati(...)