PSNI chief constable George Hamilton who said the status quo in Northern Ireland is simply not an option. Photograph: Reuters

The British and Irish governments should become involved if Northern Ireland politicians fail to deal with the past, the PSNI chief constable George H(...)

Gary Hart is also meeting with representatives from the UK and Irish governments on his visit across the Atlantic. Photograph: Reuters

A former US senator tasked by Washington to assess the state of the peace process in Northern Ireland has met politicians in Belfast.Gary Hart, a two-(...)

Richard Haass: the caucus urged parties to re-enter discussions on his proposals on the contentious issues of parades, flags and the past

The Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has expressed concern about fresh political divisions in the North, saying they risk undermining the(...)

Kevin O’Malley, Missouri lawyer, nominee for US ambassador to Ireland, with Missouri senator Claire McCaskill at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the US today. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

President Obama’s nominee for US ambassador to Ireland said he doesn’t expect any dramatic change in the Irish programme of economic austerity, but sa(...)

Independence Day fireworks explode over the Washington monument in Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA/Allison Shelley

America’s infatuation with the World Cup came at the perfect moment, illuminating the principle that you can lose and still advance. Once our n(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone to discuss escalating tensions in the North following a decision to ban a contentious parade in Belfast in the coming days

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone to discuss escalating tensions in the North following a decisio(...)

Politicians in Northern Ireland will convene today in a fresh bid to hammer out an agreement on unresolved peace process issues. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will meet British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The North’s five main parties have begun six days of talks to determine if any progress can be made on parades, flags and the past ahead of the peak o(...)

Northern Ireland’s outgoing chief constable Matt Baggott has urged politicians to step up and deal with outstanding peace process issues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s retiring chief constable Matt Baggott has urged politicians to step up and deal with outstanding peace process issues, claiming th(...)

Dr Richard Haass (centre)  leaving the Stormont hotel in Belfast on December 31st after all-party talks on contentious issues failed to secure a deal. He was today presented with the Tipperary International  Peace Award for his work in seeking to reach an agreement.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Former US special enjoy Richard Haass has called on the main parties in Northern Ireland to provide leadership and strike agreement on the contentious(...)

 US President Barack Obama: Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a personal priority for him, according to his chief of staff Denis McDonough

Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a “fundamental national priority” for the US and “a personal priority” for President Barack Obama, despite (...)