In 2003, Stakeknife was widely named as west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci but he has always strongly denied the allegation

Detectives have been granted additional time to question a man widely named as the British army’s notorious IRA agent Stakeknife. A team of independ(...)

Gary Haggarty murders: Aaron McCone, son of Haggarty’s victim John Harbinson, after today’s sentencing. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A murderous loyalist-paramilitary chief turned state informer will walk free as part of a deal to turn state’s evidence, the son of one of his victims(...)

Judge Mr Justice Adrian Colton said Haggarty’s was a case of “exceptional gravity”. Photograph: Pacemaker.

A loyalist supergrass has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for 202 terror offences before he can be considered for release. Ulster Volunteer Force(...)

 Emma Rogan, daughter of murdered man Adrian Rogan, speaks on behalf of  Loughinisland massacre relatives at Belfast High Court this month. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The families of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre and nationalist politicians have welcomed a judge’s decision to excuse himself from a case (...)

Emma Rogan, whose father Adrian Rogan was killed in the 1994 Loughinisland pub shooting, alongside solicitor Niall Murphy outside Belfast’s High Court following Friday’s hearing. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A judge who ruled that a damning report into the Loughinisland atrocity was unlawful is to step aside from the case – despite rejecting claims he coul(...)

The bullet-riddled minibus near Kingsmill in  south Armagh where 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA in 1976. File photograph:   PA Wire

Ten Protestant textile workers were shot to death by an IRA gang of at least 11 members on January 5th, 1976, near the village of Kingsmill in south A(...)

The six men killed in O’Toole’s Bar in Loughinisland, Co Down, in 1994: (Top) Adrian Rogan (34), Barney Green (87), Don McCreanor (59); (bottom) Eamonn Byrne (39), Patsy O’Hare (34) and Malcolm Jenkinson (53).

Next Friday morning, a group, mostly men, mostly late middle-aged, hope and expect to hear a ruling from Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey in the Royal Cou(...)

Martin McGuinness at the  funeral of IRA man Larry Marley in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

Martin McGuinness threatened to hold a dead IRA man’s body for a week amid tensions over paramilitary shows of strength at funerals, state papers have(...)

A Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s report has been condemned as unlawful and procedurally unfair.

A Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s report, which found RUC officers colluded with loyalists who murdered six Catholic men 23 years ago, has been c(...)

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass Gary Haggarty has pleaded guilty to 202 terror offences. Photograph: Pacemaker

Police in Northern Ireland failed to prevent two loyalist murders despite receiving advance warning of the plots from a paramilitary commander turned (...)

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