Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin addresses the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration  yesterday  in Bodenstown, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach’s adage that Ireland is the best small country in the world in which to do business is a good slogan “but it is not a vision for a coun(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has a big challenge ahead: to get his party back into the House of Commons, where it is seatless. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers told some 350 Ulster Unionist delegates at the party’s annual conference in Belfast on Saturday that they were co(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: warned there could be no unionist MP in Belfast following next May’s general election. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has called for an electoral pact with the DUP for next May’s British general election to try to maximise uni(...)

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(...)

Maíria Cahill: alleged that in 1997 she underwent a 12-month cycle of sexual abuse, including rape, by a suspected member of the IRA.

The grandniece of IRA figure Joe Cahill, who alleged she was raped by an IRA member, has claimed she had to face her alleged assailant in a republi(...)

Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has said if any members of his party had been involved in child sex abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home then it woul(...)

 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(...)

Sammy Wilson  of the DUP: “I congratulate the people of Scotland for recognising the benefits of the union, despite the tartan terror tactics of the SNP during a very contentious referendum campaign.”

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern Editor Sinn Féin is maintaining its push for a Border poll on a united Ireland on the back of the Scottish independence referen(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD, signing  the book of condolences for the late Dr Ian Paisley in Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker Press

The very private funeral of the Rev Ian Paisley took place yesterday in the graveyard of Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Co Down.As the late fi(...)