Rita O Hare

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DUP leader Arlene Foster and British prime minister Theresa May. “There is no functioning government in Northern Ireland simply because of the failure to implement the Belfast Agreement and subsequent agreements in its wake.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

This is shaping up as one of the most dangerous times for the Belfast Agreement since it initially bedded down. It would be all too easy to tear it ap(...)

Martin Ferris: could not travel to US

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris was forced to cancel a tour of the United States after the US State Department did not issue him a visa in time to travel. (...)

British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a Belfast  Agreement 20th anniversary event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It snowed in Washington the night before Leo arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t Situation Room weather. The snow didn’t stick. Which is a pity, because (...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

Gerry Adams: events in Washington and New York lined up. Photograph: Getty Images

A number of Sinn Féin figures are travelling to the United States over the next week for a round of St Patrick’s Day fundraising, as well as participa(...)

Martin McGuinness and Rita O’Hare arriving at Dublin Airport in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected demands by a Conservative MP to investigate a former Downing Street official’s decision to warn(...)

Newly promoted PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris told the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee yesterday that just 17 officers were investigating 28 cases.

The investigation into the 228 republicans who were given letters saying that they were not wanted for prosecution could take up to a decade because o(...)

Lady Justice Hallett found that the on-the-run  scheme used was ‘unprecedented and flawed’, but that it was not unlawful or improper. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The British Government’s decision to tell Republican on-the-runs that they were not wanted for prosecution was not “a get out of jail card”, a top Bri(...)

A statue holding the scales of justice is seen on top of the Old Bailey. The court ruled in February that Donegal man John Downey could not be prosecuted for the 1982 bombings. Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Hird

Republicans wrongly told they were not wanted for prosecution in the North or Britain would have to be given the opportunity to flee if it turned out (...)

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(...)

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