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The DUP’s team for the Haass talks: Arlene Foster, Mervyn Gibson, Jeffrey Donaldson and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

It’s worth reading the final Richard Haass document on dealing with the past, parades and flags in full. Its 39 pages, which can be viewed here(...)

 Cardinal Seán Brady: “None of us can remain indifferent when talks aimed at resolving the issues of flags, parades and the past break down.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates of All Ireland have strongly urged Northern Ireland’s political parties to give further consideration to (...)

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(...)

William Buchanan, son of murdered RUC officer Bob Buchanan, said: “I, on behalf of the Buchanan family, wish to place on record our appreciation for the diligence and integrity of Judge Peter Smithwick and his team.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The son of Supt Bob Buchanan, who with his RUC colleague Chief Supt Harry Breen was killed in an IRA ambush on the Border in 1989, has described the f(...)

Jim Allister: No way the DUP will have two candidates. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has accused the DUP of bluffing over its tactics in May’s European Parliament elections. Addressing his(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: last week withdrew support for the peace and reconciliation centre at the Maze prison site near Lisburn. Photograph: AP Wire

Former Sinn Féin publicity director Danny Morrison has weighed in to the quarrel between Sinn Féin and the DUP by warning that tensions could lead to (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams attacked First Minister Peter Robinson (pictured)  in the Dáil this week and talked about a “crisis” within loyalism and unionism

Sinn Féin has gone on the offensive in its dispute with the DUP with its North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly ratcheting up the latest row between the two pa(...)

Senior Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has described the Stormont administration as being “in crisis”.

Senior Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has described the Stormont administration as being “in crisis”.The North Belfast MLA was speaking on BBC (...)

 Alasdair McDonnell, SDLP. The battle is on to succeed him as MLA if he is re-elected to Westminster in the next election.

The SDLP contest to replace Conall McDevitt, who resigned from the Northern Assembly this week for failing to declare payments he received from his fo(...)

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