The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

The year-long inquiry was prompted by the collapse in the prosecution of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. Downey was one of the recipients of the ‘on the run’ letters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Letters given by the British Government for nearly a decade to Republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution were “questionably unlawf(...)

Two masked men, one believed to be armed with a handgun, were involved in the incident, according to the PSNI

SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness has described as “sickening and vile” a suspected so-called punishment attack which left a 47-year-old north Belf(...)

A policeman sacked after being investigated for allegedly spying on a woman in a tanning salon has lost a High Court challenge to his dismissal.

A policeman sacked after being investigated for allegedly spying on a woman in a tanning salon has lost a High Court challenge to his dismissal. Paul (...)

A specialist police team investigating the most serious and complex cases of online child abuse have arrested 50 suspects in Northern Ireland in the last year.

A specialist police team investigating the most serious and complex cases of online child abuse have arrested 50 suspects in Northern Ireland in the l(...)

Two men have been charged with false imprisonment and other offences by the Police Service of Northern Ireland after an incident in Co Derry.

Two men have been charged with false imprisonment and other offences by the Police Service of Northern Ireland after an incident in Co Derry. The men,(...)

Lifelike: We start with the victim and end up directing a heavily armed Swat-type team about to hit on the main suspect. We get to deploy a surveillance helicopter. There’s even a car chase. Photograph: E+/Getty

Being a murder detective isn’t a job for the weak-hearted, says Det Supt Karen Baxter of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as she sets us our tas(...)

Micheál Martin: suggested the Government give serious consideration to establishing a commission of inquiry into the allegations aired on ‘Spotlight’.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was a man on a mission.He doesn’t usually do Opposition Leaders’ Questions on a Thursday. But he was present yesterd(...)

 Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Fianna Fáil chief whip, has called for an independent inquiry into IRA sexual  abuse following claims made by Paudie McGahon. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has called for the Government to consider establishing an independent statutory inquiry into allegations of IRA sexual abuse to stop a “dr(...)