Jean McConville, a mother of 10, was abducted from her flat in the Divis area of west Belfast by a gang of IRA men and women. Her body was found in 2003. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

A former senior IRA commander was last night being questioned by PSNI detectives in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville(...)

Undated handout photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her children. Photograph: PA .

A 77-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. The PSNI said the suspect was tod(...)

For anyone with an aversion to boybands, it is a cruel irony. After their seemingly endless domination of radio playlists, Westlife’s break-up (...)

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly: impression was given by the DUP that because the term [Operation] “Rapid” was not used in the disputed 2010 briefing that the board was not told. This was “utter nonsense”. Photograph: David Sleator

The PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has insisted the Policing Board was fully and thoroughly “briefed” about the “on the run” scheme for republic(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton with former SDLP leader John Hume and Mr Hume’s wife, Pat, as they walk the Peace Bridge in Derry yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland politicians and people must “finish the job” of resolving (...)

British ministers may have misled their parliament over a scheme in which secret letters were sent to IRA fugitives telling them they were not wanted for Troubles crimes, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British ministers may have misled their parliament over a scheme in which secret letters were sent to IRA fugitives telling them they were not (...)

 Former US president Bill Clinton walks with former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife Pat across Derry’s Peace Bridge today. Photograph: Paul McErlane

Former US president Bill Clinton arrived in Derry today to pay tribute to Nobel Laureate John Hume for his contribution to the peace process. (...)

It was a key issue in the negotiations that led to the joint declaration in 2003, says Alastair Campbell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Former British government press secretary Alastair Campbell has said the issue of allegedly secret letters to(...)

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(...)

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