Mr Kelly said 'the unionist parties are engaged in a sham fight which is all about the electoral rivalry'

Sinn Féin accuses unionist parties of 'sham fight'

27 Aug Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly has accused Northern Ireland's unionist parties of engaging in a "sham fight" after a leading member of the DUP has said that the party will move to exclude Sinn Féin from the Northern Ireland executive.

Then opposition leader Tony Abbott meeting Queen Elizabeth II in 2011

Australian PM dismisses calls for republic

27 Aug Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has insisted that efforts to resurrect a push for Australia to become a republic are doomed despite his treasurer's new role as a bipartisan torchbearer for the movement.

Jock Davison was killed in early May, while Kevin McGuigan was shot dead earlier this month

Timeline: Northern Ireland powersharing in doubt

26 Aug The current powersharing arrangement in Northern Ireland is in doubt after Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt announced he has recommended that his party withdraw from the executive in light of recent developments concerning the Provisional IRA.

Frances Fitzgerald: 'To simply say PIRA continues to exist as if nothing has changed would be quite wrong'

Minister calls for 'fresh assessment' of PIRA

25 Aug The Minister for Justice has asked the Garda Commissioner to conduct a "fresh assessment" of the activities of the Provisional IRA in light of the PSNI investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Alan Kelly says anyone pulling a fast one over grant will end up paying more

Kelly in warning over water bill non-payment

24 Aug Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said anyone who tries to "pull a fast one" and registers for the water conservation grant and then does not pay their Irish Water bill, will ultimately end up paying more in the long run.

Gerry Adams said the IRA has 'gone away' since 2005

Adams says McGuigan killers 'not the IRA'

23 Aug Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has reiterated his claims that those involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan "do not represent republicanism", adding "they are not the IRA".

Tension between both sides flared earlier this month following explosions at a  demilitarised zone in which two South Korean soldiers were injured

North and South Korea exchange artillery fire

20 Aug South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards North Korea today after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul - the first exchange of fire in 10 months.

Suzanne Collins said the women running are strong contenders for the next Dáil

Over 30% of election candidates are women

17 Aug Over 30% of candidates already selected for the upcoming general election are women, according to the Director of Operations and Campaigns with Women for Election.

Iraqi demonstrators hold a banner of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a demonstration to express support for his reform drive while calling on him to do more

Iraq commanders to face trial over Ramadi exit

16 Aug Iraq's prime minister has approved the decision of an investigative council to refer military commanders to a court martial for abandoning their positions in the battle against so-called Islamic State militants in Ramadi.