Dr Richard Haass will present an updated draft of his paper on how to deal with flags, parades and the past. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Dr Richard Haass will today present an updated draft of his paper on how to deal with flags, parades and the past as he and the North’s five main poli(...)

 Lord Laird of Artigarvan: told undercover reporters he was willing to “bribe” peers to ask questions

Northern Irish member of the House of Lords Lord Laird faces a four-month ban for offering to accept a £2,000-a-month fee to provide firms and foreign(...)

 Dr Richard Haass in Belfast: The US diplomat, among many ideas, has suggested a single investigative body to deal with Troubles-related killings. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

One senior talks source in a non-Swiftian non-ironical way described Dr Richard Haass’s paper on how to deal with parades, the past and flags as a “mo(...)

US diplomat Dr Richard Haass has proposed replacing the Northern Ireland falg (above) with an image acceptable to both communities.

An all-embracing body that would deal with Troubles-relating killings is one of the main suggestions contained in a paper presented to the five main N(...)

Talks chaired by Dr Richard Haass (above) and Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan are to continue over the weekend. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a new Parades Commission as the Haass talks enter a crucial stage in pursuit of agreement on parades(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.   Photograph: Eric Luke

There is now potential for the Haass talks to propose limited immunity for those who committed crimes during the Northern conflict after First Ministe(...)

The late Alec Reid pictured in 2007. His funeral Mass is being held at Clonard, with his interment later in the Redemptorist plot in Milltown Cemetery. Photograph: EPA/David Aguilar

An ecumenical service of gratitude for the life of Fr Alec Reid was held in Clonard Church in west Belfast last night ahead of his funeral today. “I u(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson at the party’s annual conference in Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

The focus at the DUP annual conference at the weekend was back to the first principle of politics: get elected.Aside from that, there was yet another (...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson addresses the DUP annual conference at the La Mon Hotel in Co Down on  Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

There must “be no distinction between violence by loyalists and violence by dissident republicans”, the DUP leader Peter Robinson told his party’s ann(...)

Enda Kenny: said the suggestion would be hard for families who had lost loved ones in the Troubles to accept

The proposal by the North’s Attorney General John Larkin for a cessation of all inquiries into Troubles-related killings up to the 1998 Belfast Agreem(...)

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