Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly: An Armagh court heard that in 2008 the so-called “on the run” letter was passed from the government to the Sinn Féin Assembly member who then passed it to the individual who has been identified as a suspect in the 2003 killing of Co Armagh man Gareth O’Connor. Photograph: PA

The disclosure that a suspect in the murder and disappearance of Gareth O’Connor mistakenly received an “on the run” letter assuring him he was not be(...)

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin who was elected the first republican speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s new Assembly speaker has described his appointment as “hugely symbolic”.Mitchel McLaughlin (69) a former Sinn Féin general secretar(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson blamed the North’s four other main parties for Mr Osborne’s decision to put conditions on his corporation tax offer.

The British chancellor’s decision to link the devolution of corporation tax-setting powers to a successful outcome of the current Northern political t(...)

Gerry Adams: issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has issued a qualified apology for his “break these bastards” comments, but insisted that he was referring to bigots(...)

The collision  happened on the Loughill Road in the village of Cloughmills, near Ballymena. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The mother of a child killed in a road traffic accident in Co Antrim contacted unionist politician Jim Allister last month to warn that her children (...)

 Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the fact that Stormont talks have finally met in full session, involving all the participa(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: said the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was the “best-placed authority” to address the Kincora allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GERRY MORIARTY First Minister Peter Robinson is to liaise with the head of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry after Northern Secretary Theresa(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said progress was made from 2007-2012 but that the last two years had been ‘absolutely appalling’. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Negotiations to avert a crisis that could bring down the Northern Executive and Assembly began at Stormont yesterday amid recrimination, a dispute ove(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is at the opening talks at Stormont House on the Stormont estate today.  File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Talks at ending the logjam that is threatening the future of the Stormont institutions finally began today amid a background of some acrimony and conf(...)