Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Allegations of a cover-up demand a wider response. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Micheál Martin has called for a special cross-Border commission to be established to examine how Sinn Féin and the IRA dealt with sex abuse cases dur(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of “stupid arrogant abuse of his office”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin wants the all-party talks on the North involving both the Irish and British governments to commence as quickly as possible and to have a ti(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden last night called on Northern Irish leaders to “keep going” in their pursuit of a deal to resolve the deadlock over flags, parades and the past. Photograph: Mario Ruiz/EPA

US vice-president Joe Biden last night called on Northern Irish leaders to “keep going” in their pursuit of a deal to resolve the deadlock ove(...)

Dr Richard Haass with Megan O’Sullivan, leaves the Stormont hotel in Belfast on December 31st, where all party talks failed to secure a deal. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA

It is just after 4am on New Year’s Eve, journalists in the Stormont Hotel in Belfast have started to tweet that the Northern Irish peace talks are fai(...)

In an interview with ‘The Irish Times’, Eamon Gilmore says the weeks in which there was uncertainty about the payment were the lowest of the year for him and for his Labour ministerial colleagues. Photograph: Getty

The Government would have fallen early this year if it had not secured a deal on the promissory note for the failed Anglo Irish Bank, Tánaiste Eamon G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: referred to the possibility that incontrovertible DNA evidence of the involvement of a person or persons in a killing on either side could surface. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it would be difficult for families on either side of “a dark time in Northern Ireland” to follow the advice of the North(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness welcomes Rose of Tralee contestants to Derry, where  the all-Ireland Fleadh is being held. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Martin McGuinness has hit out at unionist politicians for failing to condemn attacks on police officers in Belfast in recent weeks. Speaking in Co Lei(...)

A watchtower and perimeter wall marks the boundary of the former Maze Prison, west of Belfast. The DUP has withdrawn its support for a peace centre on the site. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg.

The Democratic Unionist Party has withdrawn support for a controversial new peace centre at the site of the former Maze prison.First Minister Peter Ro(...)

A dreadful inevitability

Five nights of rioting in Belfast. A drearily predictable Twelfth takes up where loyalism’s town hall flag wavers left off barely six months ago. We’r(...)