Terry Leathem, principal of Glenwood Primary School on the Shankill Road.

Terry Leathem (58) is principal of Glenwood Primary School in the loyalist Shankill area of Belfast, a school where 70 per cent of its 530 pupils are (...)

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard: “lack of discernible unionist political reaction.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has questioned unionists’ response to the declaration by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) that it remains in existence and has no inten(...)

Michael McConville believes those responsible for killing his mother should be tried at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The family of Jean McConville have said they are shattered but not surprised there will be no new prosecutions for her murder. But, Michael McConville(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers:  was involved in the negotiations at Stormont with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern politicians will next week start grappling with how to deal with the fallout from the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan last mont(...)

Charlie Flanagan says he detects “a willingness on the part of the party leaders to move forward” on the North talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “a chart has been set” as part of political attempts to end the latest Stormont crisis. Speakin(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

(Left to right) Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams arrive to speak to the media at Stormont in Belfast, as talks involving Northern Ireland’s five main political parties begin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has demanded that politicians who sought to link Sinn Féin to criminality should “put up or(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roundtable talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties are scheduled to begin today notwithstanding that DUP l(...)

A man walks past a mural in east Belfast. Britain has said that all parties in Northern Ireland will begin talks on Monday, led by the British and Irish governments. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Multiparty talks are expected to begin at Stormont on Monday after the Northern Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said the British government had co(...)

Former Royal Irish Regiment soldier Andy Allen: A “huge honour” to join the party’s Assembly team. Photograph: PA

An Afghanistan veteran who lost both legs and was partially blinded in a Taliban bomb has become the latest member of the Stormont Assembly. Andy All(...)