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(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a report on paramilitaries in the North raised matters of very serious concern. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the report into paramilitaries in Northern Ireland raised matters of very serious concern. Northern Secretary Theresa Vi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan leaving the Dáil on his way to Belfast yesterday . Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government and political parties in the Republic have, in essence, been spectators to the slow-motion car crash that has been happening in Stormon(...)

Sir Edward Carson’s statue seen behind a road sign at Stormont on Thursday in Belfast. A political crisis has erupted following the murder of Kevin McGuigan  last month. Photograph: Getty

The leader of Fianna Fáil has said the suspension of the institutions in Northern Ireland to allow comprehensive talks represented the “lesser of two (...)