Lt Hugh Conor McDowell (24) with his mother Susan Flanigan. Photograph: Facebook.

A US marine whose father was honoured for his contribution to delivering peace in Northern Ireland, has died in a training incident. Lt Hugh Conor M(...)

Political murals on  a wall in Belfast. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/New York Times

The absence of a Northern Executive and Assembly has had a “major adverse impact” on plans to tackle paramilitarism in Northern Ireland, the Independe(...)

Mitchell Reiss was appointed by Northern Secretary James Brokenshire. Photograph: Eric Luke

President George W Bush’s former special envoy to Northern Ireland, Dr Mitchell Reiss, is to be one of the four members of the new Independent Reporti(...)

  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held his first meeting yesterday with  Arlene Foster since she was elected Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is committed to making the Easter 1916 commemorations inclusive for all of the people on the island of Ireland, Minister for Foreign A(...)

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 (...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Listeners to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme were invited to suggest a name for yesterday’s Stormont House agreement. “Groundhog Day Deal,” was (...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: I think with goodwill on all sides it is achievable. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There is a “growing sense of hope” that a comprehensive deal covering issues such as paramilitarism and welfare reform could be agreed in the next tw(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald, Vice-president of Sinn Fein.  The party has long rejected notions that it is controlled from north of the border

The principle impact of the report on the structure, role and purpose of paramilitary groups published this week by Northern Secretary Theresa Villier(...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Another week, another crisis in the peace process which passeth all understanding. Tuesday’s report into the state of the Northern Ireland ceasefires (...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland this week.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A report into the current status of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers , has said all of(...)

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