Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan TD with new US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley after his swearing in in Washington DC . Photograph: Marty Katz

The new US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will present his credentials to President Higgins today.The Missouri lawyer will be one of three new (...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland  Theresa Villiers: hoping to to announce a two-pronged approach to get the North’s political parties back into a process that will also involve the Irish and US governments. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers is hoping to use the opening of the Conservative Party conference on Sunday to kick-start comprehensive talks aim(...)

The Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has warned the power sharing Stormont administration is facing its most “serious threat” in recent years. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has warned the power sharing Stormont administration is facing its most “serious threat” in recent years.Mr Adams in w(...)

Richard Haass: the caucus urged parties to re-enter discussions on his proposals on the contentious issues of parades, flags and the past

The Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has expressed concern about fresh political divisions in the North, saying they risk undermining the(...)

The problems currently facing the Orange institution in Northern Ireland are nothing new. Indeed if anything it is a replay of the conflicts of the re(...)

Billy Hutchinson: leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, which is linked to the UVF, said: “We will move on to the next part [of the graduated response]. It will be peaceful . . . as it was today, so I think we’re in a good position.”

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has praised the Orange Order and unionist and nationalist politicians for helping ensure that Saturday’s 12th of(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: at the weekend he tweeted, “Pleased today’s Orange O parades passed peacefully. Parades Commission determination & those who mainly abided by it delivered.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About an hour after the north Belfast Orangemen dispersed and went home in the rain on Saturday night, local SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness issu(...)

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road adjacent to the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The contentious Orange Order parade to the flashpoint police lines in north Belfast concluded peacefully last night. The return parade of North(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described the image of a lynched figure on a bonfire at Ballycraigy on the outskirts of Antrim Town as “deeply offensive and a clear hate crime by those responsible”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Orange Order have expressed guarded hope that this evening’s contentious parade in north Belfast will c(...)

Curtis Walker throws his band baton beside a loyalist pyre on Lanark Way in Belfast as final preparations are made for the 11th night bonfire. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unlike last year, and unlike a number of years before that again, there is some hope that Northern Ireland might emerge from this Twelfth of July r(...)