President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, with Alderman Fiona Woolf, the Lord Mayor of the city of London, last night. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography 1:58

The Government will invite a senior member of the British royal family to attend commemor(...)

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined efforts of Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan to find a way forward on parades, flag-flying and how to contend with the Troubles legacy.

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined ef(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass, with Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan, speaking to the media at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast last Friday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Has progress stopped or even reversed this year in Northern Ireland? Things are clearly better on many fronts , but violent protests over flags and pa(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: said  he hopes to meet Mr Gilmore in the near future to seek elaboration on the comments made by the Tánaiste at the British-Irish Association conference in Cambridge at the weekend

The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to follow up on Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s offer that the Government would address unionist perceptions(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “The Irish State made huge efforts to curb the violence,” he said, adding that successive Irish governments had made “repeated efforts made to get talks going”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish State must acknowledge that many unionists believe that it did not do enough to combat the Provisional IRA during the Troubles, Minister f(...)

Tánaiste a Eamon Gilmore: “We need to acknowledge those unionists who feel that, notwithstanding the sacrifices made by members of An Garda Síochána and the Irish Army throughout the Troubles, the Irish State could have done more to prevent the IRA’s murderous activities in Border areas,” he said in Cambridge on Saturday night.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has made a strong overture to unionists that the Government is prepared to investigate allegations that the State could have(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has criticised last month’s IRA commemoration rally in Castlederg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is urging communities in Northern Ireland to respect their neighbours during commemorations, adding the province is now a bett(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, Belfast recently. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Dublin and London’s roles as co-guarantors of the Belfast Agreement must be reasserted, rather than leaving many hopes for progress primarily in th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the annual Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Micheál Martin has always taken more interest in the North than the average Fianna Fáil politician. Long before he became party leader, h(...)

Fifteen years on and the sight of Northern Irish politicians walking up to the door of 10 Downing Street – once a staple for television bulleti(...)