Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for Alan Shatter to stand down as Minister for Justice and for a radical overhaul of the system of policing. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for Alan Shatter to stand down as Minister for Justice and for a radical overhaul of the system of p(...)

Prof  Meghan O’Sullivan and Dr Richard Haass   in Belfast on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Lack of agreement on the Haass-O’Sullivan proposals on flags, parades and how to deal with the past was “disappointing” but not the end of the process(...)

Dr Richard Haass with Megan O’Sullivan, talks to the media at the Stormont hotel in Belfast, where all party talks failed to secure a deal last month. Photograpoh: PA

The Ulster Unionists last night criticised the proposals put forward by Richard Haass after a party meeting in Belfast. Following a party executive me(...)

Martin McGuinness: Deputy First Minister has pressed Ulster Unionists and DUP to clarify their position on Richard Haass’s proposals. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionists meet this morning to discuss proposals to address highly contentious issues drawn up by Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan. The (...)

 Cardinal Seán Brady: “None of us can remain indifferent when talks aimed at resolving the issues of flags, parades and the past break down.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland have strongly urged Northern Ireland’s political parties to give further consideration to (...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:  Failure is not an option

Former US special envoy Richard Haass returns to Belfast today for more talks on issues which have proved intractable for the Stormont Executive.Accom(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass with Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan, speaking to the media at Stormont Hotel in Belfast, where he is chairing negotiations dealing with contentious flags, parades and the region’s troubled past. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan have history on their side when it comes to breakthrough deals. “Outside” involvement has been central to any si(...)

US diplomat Dr Richard Haass, speaking to the media at the Stormont hotel in Belfast on his return to Northern Ireland last week.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Dr Richard Haass and Prof Meghan O’Sullivan begin a series of meetings today which they hope will lead to agreement with the main Northern parties by (...)

Dr Richard Haass insisted the Northern Ireland negotiations would finish and recommendations for future action would be published by the end of December. 
Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass (centre) assisted by Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan (right) during round table Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The first plenary session of talks involving the main Stormont parties to resolve problems linked to parades, flags and legacy issues have been descri(...)