The Garda inquiry into the VAT-based fraud has been ongoing since 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A two-year criminal investigation into a suspected €29 million cross-border VAT fraud has resulted in the arrest of a second suspect. Gardaí believe (...)

From left, Anthony Harbinson,  head of the OCTF in Northern Ireland, and Det Supt Bobby Singleton, PSNI.  Photograph:  Michael Cooper/ PA Wire

The absence of a Northern Executive is preventing the implementation of legislation that would allow the assets of criminals operating in Northern Ire(...)

“On 24th August 2017 officers from the National Crime Agency arrested a 54-year-old man at Belfast International Airport in connection with its ongoing Nama investigation,” the agency said. File photograph: Getty Images

A third person has been arrested in connection with the British National Crime Agency’s investigation into the sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland portfol(...)

Loyalist protesters converge on Belfast City Hall, January 2013, over the removal of the Union flag from the venue. Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr has  been involved in managing such difficult frontline policing in Northern Ireland  as the loyalist flags protests and parading. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

One of the PSNI’s most senior officers, Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr, has taken up a post with the British National Crime Agency (NCA), often d(...)

Clerys in 1965: it closed in 2015 and was bought by a company that uses a tax-avoidance vehicle. Photograph: Dermot Barry

“Probably not,” was the Central Bank chief economist’s answer to his own rhetorical question as to whether the economy, growing at 4 per cent, needs a(...)

The seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, in Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has strongly indicated that it would like Northern Ireland politicians to hold back on an inquiry into the £1.2(...)

A man presented as Medhanie Yehdego Mered (35) an Eritrean suspected of controlling a migrant trafficking network, is escorted by policemen upon his extradition from Sudan to Italy on June 6th. The man says he is the victim of mistaken identity. Photograph: AFP/Italian police

An Eritrean man extradited to Italy from Sudan this week and accused of being a human-trafficking boss has denied the allegation and says he is the v(...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said the concern over the Nama sale “touches on the credibility” of the finance committee

The North’s Department of Finance is to be asked to provide any additional documentation it has that could facilitate the investigation into the sale(...)

Businessman Frank Cushnahan. The committee has reportedly sent him a list of 39 questions for written reply

The chairman of a Stormont scrutiny body investigating the controversial purchase of a Nama £1.24 billion property portfolio has “firmly rejected” cla(...)

Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan at the conclusion of extended talks. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have hailed the new Stormont deal agreed on Tuesday as an “important turning point” for (...)

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