Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of s(...)

David Mitchell and a “woefully miscast” Jeremy Paxman, presenters of Channel 4’s “Alternative Election Night”. Photograph: Channel 4/PA Wire

For the last three weeks, the TV boffins have been telling us nothing was certain. This was the most unpredictable election in a generation.When the e(...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

Newly promoted PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris told the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee yesterday that just 17 officers were investigating 28 cases.

The investigation into the 228 republicans who were given letters saying that they were not wanted for prosecution could take up to a decade because o(...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding members of the security forces, a newly-published document reveals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding me(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama at the Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

The United Kingdom will supply ammunition to Kurds fighting Islamic terrorists in Iraq, British prime minister David Cameron has declared, while a top(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media outside the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, following the publishing of the Hallet review into controversial amnesties for on-the-run prisoners from Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Lady Justice Hallett’s report can’t have made easy reading for First Minister Peter Robinson and all the other unionist politicians who insisted they (...)

 Peter Hain: said letters to on the runs  were a crucial part of the jigsaw that led Sinn Féin to support policing in 2007. File Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain was told in 2006 John Downey was wanted for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing — even though the Donegal(...)

Former northern secretary Peter Hain insisted the deal over letters of comfort was not a secret one. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Sinn Féin will not deal with the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs committee which is dealing with the issue of the so-called on the runs (OT(...)