Lord Alderdice, of the International Monitoring Commission, has raised concerns over the level of continued paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Nearly 1,300 incidents of paramilitaries forcing people from their homes have been reported in Northern Ireland in the past three years. The number of(...)

DUP blocks inquiry

In some ways it’s reassuring to see the Northern Ireland Assembly tearing strips off ministers about housing maintenance contracts. It’s what we call (...)

 Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: has ruled out the British government getting directly involved in the controversy

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has ruled out the British government getting directly involved in the controversy over allegations that the DUP Mi(...)