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Arlene Foster at Stormont, following the publication of Sir Patrick Coghlin’s report into the renewable heat incentive scheme. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The calamitous cash for ash scheme was the scandal that brought down the Northern Executive and Assembly just over three years ago. There was a real f(...)

Sinn Féin’s Mártín Ó Muilleoir (right) pictured with Conor Murphy (left). File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A Sinn Féin minister in the Northern Ireland government sought permission from an unelected party official for a proposed action in the cash-for-ash s(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster Foster admitted that she did not read the legislation behind the Renewable Heat Incentive. File photograph: The Irish Times

More than three years since the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry was established in January 2017 the chairman, Patrick Coghlin, is to publish his find(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as she arrives for the reconvening of the 33rd Dáil Eireann. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

When the van arrived at the prison gates in Co Roscommon it was carrying three men. One was a Sinn Féin TD at the time, Martin Ferris. They pulled up(...)

Newly appointed Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey barely had her feet under the desk before Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was complaining about her appointment. The West Belfast MLA was in Magennis’s bar in central Belfast the night in January 2005 when Robert McCartney was stabbed and beaten to death. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin’s surge in the opinion polls has raised questions about how it would perform in government were Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil to reverse their st(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Sinn Féin leader Mary-Lou McDonald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are the State’s two biggest political parties, according to opinion polls, followed closely behind by Sinn Féin. All three a(...)

A laptop in Stormont shows a live feed of DUP leader Arlene Foster giving evidence to the RHI inquiry on the “cash for ash” scandal. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two years ago, following days of political fever, a tiny group of journalists was called hurriedly to Martin McGuinness’s office in Stormont. There th(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Micheal  Martin was ‘in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks there could be an agreed all-of-Executive position on Brexit with the stance that has been taken by the DUP’. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald was challenged by the Taoiseach about the power of “senior republicans” in deciding her party’s policy. Leo Varadk(...)

Gerry Adams personifies for many all they dislike about Sinn Féin and the Provisional IRA.

Delegates meet in the RDS this evening for the Sinn Féin ardfheis with the party at a crossroads. Several important motions, including on abortion, h(...)

Felons Club in Belfast: after a meeting in the club in early January “Sinn Féin pressed a political nuclear button that has thrown Northern Ireland into uncertainty”. Photograph: from the club’s Facebook page

Inside the Felons Club in west Belfast the mood was immediately obvious. On a Saturday afternoon in early January several hundred republicans packed (...)