Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

‘Not to be outdone Sinn Féin staged its own elaborate re-enactment of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, featuring a large group of supporters wearing the uniforms of the Irish Volunteers and carrying replica guns.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast is raising uncomfortable questions for Sinn Féin, but it should also provoke some seri(...)

Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a call-in with listeners on BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

The front runner in the race to lead the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has hit back at “disgusting” claims that he is anti-Semitic and denied h(...)

British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has described as “strange” the failure of the Northern Ireland Executive and Cerberus (...)

(Left - right) Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, former MP Michelle Gildernew, vice president Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness outside the Palace of Westminster in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have urged British prime minister David Cameron to provide Stormont with a “workable” budget in or(...)

An anti-fox hunting protester holds a smoke flare outside the Houses of Parliament in London. The British government has a postponed a vote on fox-hunting until after the summer break. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The Scottish National Party’s decision to vote against plans to relax England’s fox-hunting laws directly contradicts declarations made by the Scott(...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of s(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: opponents argue he is trying to end the outright ban on fox-hunting by deceit. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs will today vote against plans to soften the 10-year-old ban on fox-hunting in England, in a move likely to fuel Con(...)

Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans to force through changes to House of Commons rules that would deny full voting rights to(...)