Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May have said they are hopeful of a deal to reinstate the Northern Executive and Assembl(...)

Burial of the dead with appropriate ceremony has been a core component of civilised behaviour for thousands of years. That is why the abduction, murde(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Policing Authority said on Friday evening it has commissioned an independent audit into the recording of one million breath tests that did not tak(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: When Brian Stack’s sons approached Sinn Féin for help they were effectively put through the Stormont House mechanism.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When criticised for his Brian Stack murder “investigation”, Gerry Adams has a standard response. It gets a bit lost amid his petulant martyrdom, but (...)

IAAF president Sebastian Coe said he was determined to learn from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (Wada) independent commission report. Photograph: Kerstin Joensson/AP Photo

A method of drug testing that was clearly beginning to work; a series of initial tests they were right not to act on; and a softly ringing endorsement(...)

But the past is not just about British national security, about the military and intelligence agencies and what information will be disclosed. This process is no closer to understanding what co-operation it could expect from the IRA and the various loyalist organisations.  PA

On the cover of the latest Stormont deal the words “A fresh start” are typed. They are meant to signal yet another new beginning, another moment when (...)

Sebastian Coe is under pressure to give up advisory role with Nike. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Russia faces being suspended from athletics by the end of the week, as the fallout from Dick Pound’s devastating report into state-sponsored doping b(...)

Dick Pound (centre), chairman of the Wada   Independent Commission into   corruption and money-laundering within international athletics at the launch of their findings in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Given the now irrefutably damning evidence that athletics is nowhere near the level playing field it is meant to be, one immediate question arises: ca(...)

Politicians  at Stormont after agreement on a range of disputes that had undermined powersharing in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Stormont House Agreement, as it has been called, was agreed after a 12-week process, a few setbacks and a marathon continuous final session that (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (left) with Northern Ireland Secretary  Theresa Villiers, Taoiseach Enda Kenny,  Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister of State Sean Sherlock at Stormont House in Belfast. Mr Flanagan was involved in more than 100 hours of meetings during 12 weeks of talks on a cross-party agreement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

When the Belfast Agreement was signed on Good Friday 1997, British prime minster Tony Blair was moved to poetry when he said he could “feel the hand o(...)