Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Hain said he saw “no point in endlessly searching for evidence of crimes committed so many years ago”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain, has been strongly criticised by Sinn Féin and the SDLP for saying that British so(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Peter Robinson, speaks to media outside 10 Downing Street after talks with former British prime minister Gordon Brown in London in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

At the heart of the difficulties in which the Stormont Assembly and powersharing executive found themselves this week is the fact that Northern(...)

 John Downey whose trial collapsed after it was revealed to the court that he was the holder of a letter from the Northern Ireland Office confirming he was not at risk of arrest or prosecution. Photograph: EPA

The Donegal republican at the centre of the on-the-runs controversy has cancelled a homecoming celebration. Sinn Féin said in a statement(...)

John Downey: Emergency debate at Stormont  to discuss  fallout from court decision not to press ahead with action against Donegal man in connection with  1982 Hyde Park bombing. Picture: EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Northern Ireland Assembly has backed a DUP motion expressing outrage at secret British government deals with republican on-the-runs and calling(...)

UK government on the run

The release from jail of 400 loyalists and republicans on licence, many of them convicted killers, was always one of the most controversial and(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  at  Hillsborough Castle  for a meeting with Secretary of State Teresa Villiers. Photograph: Aiden O’Reilly/Pacemaker

A British government-ordered inquiry into the operation of rules which gave IRA membe(...)

Gardaí in Cork noticed sterling cash moving in the area prior to the robbery. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

A 65-year-old financial adviser has been given a five-year suspended sentence for his part in the money laundering of about £275,000 of the £26(...)

Ted Cunningham of Woodbine Lodge, Farran, Co Cork  at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after he pleaded guilty to two counts of money laundering. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Yesterday’s handing down of a five-year suspended sentence to Ted Cunningham brings to a close one instalment in the life of the opera-lover wh(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly MLA at Stormont yesterday after a meeting with Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers

The issue of the on-the-run republican paramilitary suspects has been a longstanding problem which the British and Irish governments have tried(...)

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and MLA Gerry Kelly pictures at Stormont  after a meeting with secretary of State Teresa Villiers. Photograph: Pacemaker

The judicial inquiry into the decision to tell up to 200 IRA members if they were wanted for prosecution in the UK will not have powers to inve(...)

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