Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Time for “constructive ambiguity” in relation to issues such as the existence of the IRA were long past. Photograph: The Irish Times

Democratic politicians must dissociate themselves fully from paramilitary organisations, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in Cambridge on Friday night. M(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he was “concerned” ahead of the latest round of Stormont discussions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he expects the fresh round of Stormont talks called for next week to be concluded “within four (...)

Lord Alderdice led the Independent Monitoring Commission until 2011.

A former member of the commission which monitored the IRA ceasefire has said recreating the organisation to investigate paramilitary activity would no(...)

US Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle: ‘There is absolutely no appetite in the United States for any sort of backsliding on the democratic institutions that exist and that a lot of sacrifice and effort went into creating.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A leader of the Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has said the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan should not be used as a reason (...)

PSNI detectives from the Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Kevin McGuigan have arrested a 46-year-old man in Antrim on Thursday

PSNI detectives from the Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Kevin McGuigan have arrested a 46-year-old man in Antrim on Thursday. Detec(...)

Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has been forced to endure repeated policing crises since coming to office. A minister for justice has gone, a Garda com(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

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

A Sinn Féin MLA has said that the party told Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that the British government should reject any suggestion of suspendin(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  and DUP MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street to meet British prime minister  David Cameron. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for “urgent” talks with the Taoiseach and the British prime minister over the c(...)

The M1  in the North. Kieran Kelly, who has been jailed for four months, was found on the edge of the motorway. Photograph: Pacemaker

A Belfast man with nearly 250 previous convictions has been jailed again for violence against two police officers. Kieran Kelly is to serve four mont(...)