John Downey: In February, Peter Robinson threatened to resign as First Minister after the on-the-runs controversy came to light with his London trial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

It was essential that non-prosecution commitments issued to more than 180 so-called republican on-the-runs cannot now be used to avoid potential futu(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP and Ulster Unionist Party have supported calls for Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast to be included in the investigation of how the British (...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: at the weekend he tweeted, “Pleased today’s Orange O parades passed peacefully. Parades Commission determination & those who mainly abided by it delivered.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About an hour after the north Belfast Orangemen dispersed and went home in the rain on Saturday night, local SDLP Assembly member Alban Maginness issu(...)

Curtis Walker throws his band baton beside a loyalist pyre on Lanark Way in Belfast as final preparations are made for the 11th night bonfire. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Unlike last year, and unlike a number of years before that again, there is some hope that Northern Ireland might emerge from this Twelfth of July r(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Robinson today with Orange, unionist and loyalist leaders addressing a meeting today at Ballymacarrett Orange hall in east Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Orange, unionist and loyalist leaders have called on the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to hold a commission of inquiry into Saturday’s disputed (...)

Dr
Alasdair McDonnell:
“The situation in Northern Ireland has become volatile and, with threats of a ‘graduated response’ from unionism that will affect government and politics, could get worse.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have briefed Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton on the political and community tensions triggered by next Satur(...)

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

 Drew Nelson, grand secretary of the  Orange Lodge: “Whatever the outcome of our deliberations as an institution, I would again underline that any actions must be both lawful and peaceful. Our traditions are dear to us and are only undermined by violence.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone about the escalating tensions in the North following the Parad(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Leinster House in Dublin as senior unionists met to discuss the next phase of their protest against a decision to ban a controversial Orange Order parade from passing a nationalist neighbourhood. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionist leaders are being pressed to clarify what they mean by a “graduated response” in protest at a decision to ban an Orange demonstration at a no(...)

 PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton: “Violence and disorder in relation to the Twelfth is not inevitable.” Photograph: David Young/PA

The political atmosphere in Northern Ireland has deteriorated further after a DUP and Ulster Unionist Party decision to boycott today’s scheduled mee(...)