Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt at Stormont  spoke about his party’s intent to resign from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After the IRA came to shoot our (Catholic) neighbour, his dignified family members closed their door and grieved. Us youngsters on the street in Derr(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers to determine if the collapse of the Stormont powersharing institutions can be prevented. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers in Dublin next week to determine if the collapse of the Stormo(...)

 DUP delegation, including Nigel Dodds, after a meeting  regarding the  row over the Provisional IRA. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Political Staff in Stormont Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers does not believe “business as usual” is possible at Stormont as the row over the Pro(...)

Stephen Farry was speaking after an Alliance delegation met Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) or a new organisation set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North could help to assess the curre(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers does not believe “business as usual” is possible at Stormont as the row over the Provisional IRA continues, accordi(...)

 Minister for Defence Simon Coveney with Chief of Staff Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle at the launch of the Government’s new White Paper on Defence, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said Ireland has under-invested in the defence sector and the situation needs to be corrected. Mr Coveney said (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland is to deploy more women peacekeepers to assist in conflict situations where gender-based violence is prevalent. United Nations secretary gene(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he does not believe Sinn Féin is telling the truth about the current status of IRA structures. He said Mi(...)

Members of the Defence Forces form a Guard of Honour at the State Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers in 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government’s new White Paper on Defence includes a new employment support scheme aimed at disadvantaged young people. Defence Forces personnel wil(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish and British governments deliberately allowed the Provisional IRA to continue as an “unarmed and withering husk” rather than risk a dissident(...)