Sinn Féiner of the Year: Party leader Gerry Adams for holding onto his position for 31 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician of the year Independent TD for Kildare Catherine Murphy was on top of the water issue from the outset, pinpointing problems the Governmen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, saying the desire had prevailed to give “the promise of a brighter future for all o(...)

Theresa Villiers: agreement “
offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future
”. Photograph: PA

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Fla(...)

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 (...)

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Peter Robinson said he felt like a “marathon runner who at the end of 20-odd miles has the stadium in sight”. But, in the same breath, he added: “Whet(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings to resolve their ongoing dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett of continually evading meetings aimed at resolving their ongoing dispute.Respond(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British government has issued the most strongly worded warning yet to Northern Ireland’s politicians that it will not pay for a more generous we(...)