Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanag(...)

An undated handout photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her 10 children. Photograph: PA Wire

Two men arrested by police in Northern Ireland in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have been released.A 63-year-old(...)

Sean Barrett: “Nobody likes taking abuse, but some of that abuse has been grossly and utterly unfair.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has accused Sinn Féin of using him as a “pawn to deflect attention” from their own political difficulties, such as the Ma(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

No details were given in Belfast Crown Court as to why the Public Prosecution Service had decided not to proceed to trial with the case against former RUC detectives John McGahan and Philip Noel Thomson. Photograph: Thinkstock

The trial of two former RUC detectives has collapsed after the prosecution offered no evidence against them.John McGahan (71) and Philip Noel Thomson (...)

The Special Criminal Court has set a date for the trial of three men charged with possession of explosive devices including an adapted beer keg.

The Special Criminal Court has set a date for the trial of three men charged with possession of explosive devices including an adapted beer keg.The me(...)

DUP representatives (left to right) Jonathan Bell, Jeffrey Donaldson and Mervyn Storey speaking to the media at Stormont House in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The five main parties in Northern Ireland were playing an old 1960s Beatles tune up at Stormont House yesterday: Money (That’s What I Want). A billion(...)

Dissident republican leader Michael McKevitt has lost his High Court action aimed at securing his early release.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dissident republican leader Michael McKevitt, who is serving a 20 year sentence for directing terrorism, has lost his High Court action aimed at secur(...)

A judge  ruled that  Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes have a case to answer over alleged IRA activity.  Laganside Crown Court File image: Google Street View

A Belfast judge has decided that two men, Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes, must face trial on a number of charges relating to alleged IRA membership an(...)