A loyalist paramilitary mural is displayed on the Newtownards road in Belfast in January. Photograph: Getty Images

Paramilitarism remains a “clear and present danger” in Northern Ireland and a process of political engagement similar to that which led to the Belfast(...)

 Police attend the scene of the fatal shooting of journalist Lyra McKee in  Derry on April 19th, 2019. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Republican and loyalist paramilitaries remain a “clear and present danger” in Northern Ireland, the Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) has stated (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: ‘“Everyone knows that republicans are absolutely committed to democracy and to the peace process.’ Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the IRA does not exist after Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that an IRA Provisional Army Council stil(...)

Lyra McKee, the 29-year-old jouranlist who was killed by dissident republicans in Derry in April. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

The findings of the Independent Reporting Commission into paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland are a stark warning that violence and the threat o(...)

Writer and journalist Lyra McKee was one of three people killed by paramilitaries  in the last 12 months, according to the Independent Reporting Commission. Photograph: EPA

Paramilitarism remains a “profoundly destabilising factor” in Northern Ireland which carries “serious risks” to peace and reconciliation, according to(...)

John de Chastelain noted the ‘tragedy’ of the recent killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in N(...)

Political leaders including Arlene Foster, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill listen to Fr Martin McGill’s homily

A key moment at the funeral of Lyra McKee was when Fr Martin Magill, commended political leaders such as the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Sinn Féin’s Mary (...)

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(...)

Widow Joanne McGibbon (centre) with her daughters Michaela and Seana and at a vigil in the grounds of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne for Michael McGibbon. who was shot dead in North Belfast earlier this year. “She made a heartfelt appeal for change in her community, so that paramilitary groups could no longer try to control people through fear, intimidation and murder.”

A year ago, two paramilitary-style murders in Belfast provoked a political crisis in Stormont. Two families had been bereaved. Trust in politics and i(...)

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