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DUP Leader Peter Robinson  has ended his boycott of the Northern Executive which he called in the wake of the murder of Mr McGuigan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has warned there are only weeks to “save Stormont” following the assessment by a British government-appointed panel that(...)

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: in her correspondence to Government accompanying the report, she says the appraisal of PIRA in the South had never contradicted anything said in the North.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Garda’s report on the current status of the Provisional IRA skirts around the August murder of former “Provo” Kevin McGuigan, who was shot dead by(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams developed the template for the party’s approach to unpalatable questions, outright denial: of his own one-time memb(...)

The Garda’s assessment of the PIRA in the Republic was requested by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in August after the PSNI suggested the PIRA had been involved in the murder of former member Kevin McGuigan, shot dead in Belfast, earlier in the month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Some former Provisional IRA members are now engaged in organised crime in the Republic for personal gain, a new Garda report has concluded. The assess(...)

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(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a report on paramilitaries in the North raised matters of very serious concern. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the report into paramilitaries in Northern Ireland raised matters of very serious concern. Northern Secretary Theresa Vi(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers who  published a report into the status of the IRA and other paramilitary groups on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A report into the status of paramilitaries in Northern Ireland has endorsed an assessment by the PSNI chief constable George Hamilton that the IRA sti(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers appointed a three-person panel last month to review the PSNI assessment of the current status of paramilitary groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A report into the status of the IRA and other paramilitary groups expected to be published on Thursday could be critical in determining whether the c(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers addresses the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has warned of the possibility of a return to British direct rule if the Stormont House talks fail to reach a succe(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has warned the survival of devolved government in Northern Ireland is at stake in the current talks aimed at resolving the key issues of paramilitarism and the deadlock over welfare reform. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters.

The survival of devolved government in Northern Ireland is at stake in the current talks aimed at resolving the key issues of paramilitarism and the d(...)

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