Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on the British government to open its files on  the Shankill bombing. Photograph: AP

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on the British government to open its files on events such as the Shankill bombing(...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has played down reports that eight people, including former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, are to share more than £1.6 million in compensation from the British government. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has played down the impact of reports that eight people, including leading republican Danny M(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron poses with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: after the pair had lunch, Cameron said that the EU proposal did not go far enough. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

British officials insist that David Cameron has no interest in a staged confrontation with other leaders during his renegotiation of Britain’s EU memb(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Asked a few years ago to nominate the best parliamentary speech he had ever heard, the former British Labour minister, Denis Healey, nominated Conserv(...)

View of the aftermath of the Shankill Road  bombing in Belfast on October 23rd, 1993. File photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

When Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stood beside Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers in Belfast on November 17th l(...)

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held his first meeting yesterday with  Arlene Foster since she was elected Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is committed to making the Easter 1916 commemorations inclusive for all of the people on the island of Ireland, Minister for Foreign A(...)

The threat of multiple resignations from the David Cameron’s cabinet obliged the prime minister to cede ground on key campaign issue. Photograph: Reuters

David Cameron’s decision to allow ministers to choose sides in Britain’s EU referendum is, like the referendum itself, a consequence of his limited au(...)

The  Omagh bombing: “Sceptics may doubt whether paramilitary groups will step up, but no one knows where a dynamic process will lead.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

As usual this Christmas, there were private tears and empty chairs at festive tables. Grief permeates like a dull poison down the generations. Bereav(...)

Liam Clarke pictured at his home in Ballymena in June 2014. Photograph: Belfast Telegraph

Tributes have been paid to the journalist Liam Clarke from Ballymena, Co Antrim, who died “suddenly but peacefully” on Saturday night. Clarke as a j(...)

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs is meeting Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to discuss how to implement the deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior ministers from Dublin, London and Belfast will meet in Dublin on Monday to discuss a range of issues that arise from the recent Fresh Start agr(...)