Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a panel to help assess the status of the IRA and other paramilitaries as talks continue at Storm(...)

Comments by Bobby Storey that the IRA had gone away were ridiculed by the Traditional Unionist Voice party. Photograph: Reuters

Unionist politicians have rounded on Sinn Féin after leading republican Bobby Storey compared the IRA to a “butterfly” that has flown away. Monday’s r(...)

Bobby Storey is the chairman of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland.

PSNI detectives this morning arrested three men in connection with the murder last month of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan, one of whom is Bobby St(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at Stormont where he said there will be no further routine meetings of the power-sharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Talks aimed at securing the future of Stormont begin on Tuesday against a background of recrimination after the DUP said it would boycott meetings (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly last night said that there was no Provisional IRA involvement in the killing of Kevin McGuigan. He made the comments as t(...)

 Stormont  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The DUP has called talks on barring Sinn Féin from the Assembly  after the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast was linked  to the Provisional IRA. File  photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked his death to the Provisional IRA. Detec(...)

Kevin McGuigan was shot dead outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast on  August 12th.

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked the killing to the Provisional IRA. Det (...)