12/04/2013. Sinn Fein Ard Fheis. Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness delivers his keynote address at the Royal Theatre Hotel in Castlebar, Co Mayo on the first evening of the party's Ard Fheis. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has acknowledged tensions within the Northern Executive between unionist and nationalist Mi(...)

12/04/2013. Sinn Fein Ard Fheis. Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness delivers his keynote address at the Royal Theatre Hotel in Castlebar, Co Mayo on the first evening of the party's Ard Fheis. Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has acknowledged tensions within the Northern Executive between unionist and nationalist Minist(...)

British prime minister David Cameron said the Belfast Agreement ’represented a massive step forward from what has gone before, a clear manifestation that politics and democracy would triumph over violence’. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Belfast Agreement did not provide a template for either establishing stable devolution or moving Northern Ireland forward, the First Minist(...)

Peace wall on Cupar Street, off Shankill Road in Belfast. Photograph: David Sleator

Northern Ireland is an incomparably better place now than when the Belfast Agreement came into being exactly 15 years ago. There is far less vi(...)

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness: the Chuckle Brothers cheered people up –  and in a place that needed cheering, that was important. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three days after her death there is still much discussion about Margaret Thatcher’s divisive yet curiously productive role in modern Irish hist(...)

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, in May  2007.  Photograph:  Paul Faith

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness emerged dissatisfied from Downing Street following his most recent visit. He described the meeting he and Peter R(...)

A transformative agreement

The contribution made by the Belfast Agreement to a civilised life on this island has faded in the public’s imagination because of political ca(...)

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle this year

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson set the tone of unionist responses to Margaret Thatcher’s death by claiming she was “one of the greatest(...)

A “forgetful” Edwin Poots made few friends on Twitter this afternoon.

A Twitter storm in a teacup has erupted this afternoon after Northern Ireland’s health minister Edwin Poots posted a trolling tweet which caste(...)

 Artist and former prisoner George Morrow at the opening of a month-long  exhibition at Crumlin Road Gaol of works  by former loyalist and republican prisoners. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

“This is the best reception I have ever had here,” said former UVF prisoner George Morrow in the confines of Crumlin Road jail yesterday. He co(...)