A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland this week.  Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A report into the current status of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, commissioned by the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers , has said all of(...)

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has told the House of Commons the  Provisional IRA’s army council still exists but has ‘a wholly political focus’ and is not involved in directing terrorist activity.

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has told the House of Commons that, although the Provisional IRA’s army council still exists, it has “a wh(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can ‘be got on track’ shortly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can “be got on track” shortly. Mr Kenny said he had been briefed on th(...)

The Irish and British Governments must be close to despair as they watch carefully constructed power sharing mechanisms crumble in Northern Ireland be(...)

Arlene Foster: Made it clear that the DUP was expecting more from Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: PA

DUP acting First Minister Arlene Foster has described as “disappointing” a statement by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that “serious consideratio(...)

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers delivers the British government statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon.

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has indicated that there could be a role for a body similar to the Independent Monitoring Commission and also (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: appears to want some commitments in relation to a body or bodies that would help establish whether or not the IRA has gone away. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern political eyes and ears are focused on the House of Commons this afternoon where Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers will update MPs on the p(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said there should be no preconditions to any talks held between Northern parties to resolve the impasse that has bro(...)

DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson during a press conference in Stormont on Thursday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said she sees merit in reactivating some form of independent monitoring body to assess the status of the IRA a(...)

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