Powersharing deal: Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin and Peter Robinson of the DUP at Stormont. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

So Northern Ireland politicians have struck another deal Yes. On Tuesday Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Northern Secretary The(...)

But the past is not just about British national security, about the military and intelligence agencies and what information will be disclosed. This process is no closer to understanding what co-operation it could expect from the IRA and the various loyalist organisations.  PA

On the cover of the latest Stormont deal the words “A fresh start” are typed. They are meant to signal yet another new beginning, another moment when (...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Listeners to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme were invited to suggest a name for yesterday’s Stormont House agreement. “Groundhog Day Deal,” was (...)

Over the past three years nearly 1,300 cases of paramilitaries forcing people from their homes have been reported by Northern Ireland’s Housing Execut(...)

‘Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, one of the most courteous TDs in the House, issued a devastating response to Mary Lou McDonald who had the brass neck to ask if the Labour Party supported Sinn Féin’s demand for an official North/South inquiry into abuse.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The latest revelations about abuse and intimidation within the republican movement have highlighted the dark shadow Sinn Féin is casting over Irish de(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said after an “informed discussion” the party agreed to endorse the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin has formally ratified the Stormont House Agreement that was concluded between the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main pa(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Peter Robinson said he felt like a “marathon runner who at the end of 20-odd miles has the stadium in sight”. But, in the same breath, he added: “Whet(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

The clear implication from all the Northern parties was that a generous injection of cash by London – talk was of £1 billion or so – would certainly s(...)