Arlene Foster: “As I understand it the election would have to take place before Christmas, so that means that December would really be out in terms of the talks”

DUP leader accuses Coveney of exploiting Brexit to press for united Ireland

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal, following the inquest into the deaths of her partner Seán McGrotty, sons Evan and Mark, sister Jodie Lee Daniels and mother Ruth Daniels. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Louise James hears family died near slipway by drowning caused by misadventure

RNLI diver John O’Raw at the inquest for five family members who died when their car slipped off Buncrana pier Co Donegal in March 2016.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Driver’s partner says Buncrana slipway should have been closed ‘as it was an accident waiting to happen’

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal after the inquest into the death of five of her family members. Photograph: PA

A inquest jury returns a verdict of death by misadventure for all five victims

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside Ruth’s daughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Audi representative gives evidence at inquest into five deaths

A policeman at  Buncrana Pier, Co Donegal after the tragedy which killed five people in March, 2016. Photograph: PA

Garda on scene found he could not stand as slipway was ‘extremely slippery’

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside her grandddaughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Five drowned after car slid on ‘treacherous’ algae on slipway into Lough Swilly

Sean McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ granny Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside Mrs Daniels’ daughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Eyewitness tells inquest of hearing screams as car sank

 Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill giving a keynote speech at the start of the Sinn Fein ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Analysis: Sinn Féin in North owes political success to departing president and Martin McGuinness

Armalite and ballot box: Gerry Adams launches a Sinn Féin manifesto in 1998. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: The Sinn Féin leader’s departure will be a big moment in Irish politics

Gerry Adams, Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald at the start of the Sinn Féin ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin president expected to lay out time frame for exiting role in ‘historic’ ardfheis

Gary Haggarty, who has yet to be sentenced, is to appear in court on Wednesday where legal submissions will be made in respect of his case. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

As the crimes happened before the 1998 Belfast Agreement, even if convicted, UVF suspect would be eligible for release within two (...)

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass Gary Haggarty. Photograph: Pacemaker

Two Catholic workmen were shot dead in a sectarian UVF attack in 1994

The   breakdown of the powersharing talks has been linked to a “historic” speech from Gerry Adams at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday when he declares his future intentions. Photograph:   Mark Marlow/PA

Mood at DUP gathering also key to any future powersharing negotiations

Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. File image:  Mark Marlow/PA Wire

‘Honourable compromise’ to restore Executive remains possible, Coveney says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar lays a wreath at the war memorial in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Catholic diocesan trust says it has no objection to Enniskillen victims memorial

Former PSNI constable Peadar Heffron, who lost his leg in a terrorist attack, with with former GAA player and columnist  Joe Brolly in Belfast during a PSNI v Garda match. Photograph: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Peadar Heffron’s story reveals difficulties many Catholics have had joining the PSNI

Northern Ireland’s Corry Evans, on right, reacts after conceding a penalty for handball during Wednesday night’s game at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lisa Evans says she understands her Twitter comments were ‘completely unacceptable’

Aaron Stewart and Rebecca Morrow from Co Derry who got engaged while at the Euros last year still hoping Northern Ireland will make it to World Cup in Russia. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Windsor Park hosts first of four World Cup qualifier games for Northern Ireland and the Republic

People attending a ceremony to unveil the new memorial to the 12 victims of the IRA’s 1987  bomb attack in Enniskillen, on Wednesday. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Local Catholic Trust has yet to decide whether monument can be placed at bomb site

The scene of the Enniskillen bombing the day after the atrocity in November 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Organisers hope monument will serve as reminder of suffering caused by Troubles

 David Scoffield QC giving his opening statement to the inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which triggered the collapse of political powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: RHI Inquiry/PA Wire.

Idea of NI energy scheme leading to money ‘going up in smoke’ anathema to public

Stormont negotiations: “We need this generation of Northern Ireland politicians to work and talk together,” said Owen Smith of the UK Labour Party. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

MLAs appear resigned to James Brokenshire docking some of their pay

James Brokenshire  making a statement in Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Are the Northern talks over? A nonsense rhyme answer from Adams is as clear as it gets

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that Northern Ireland is ‘sliding towards direct rule’. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach says Government cannot accept a return to pre-Belfast Agreement rule

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire   said that in the absence of an Executive being established he had to begin moves to introduce a budget at Westminster. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Northern Secretary seeks legal advice on pay for Assembly members during political impasse

Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy speaks to the media at Stormont on Tuesday as talks to save the Northern Ireland Executive continued. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin warns attempt to bring in budget for North via Westminster would crash talks

Sinn Féin negotiator Gerry Kelly seen in the party’s offices at Stormont, Belfast.  Photograph: PA.

Former first minister will return to powersharing negotiations on Wednesday morning

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy speaking to the media at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, as talks to save the Northern Ireland Power sharing executive continue. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and DUP fail to reach deal to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said on October 19th that without a deal by the deadline he would have no option but to legislate for a budget for Northern Ireland at Westminster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Theresa May’s spokesman says ‘significant gaps’ remain with meetings to resume Tuesday

Parliament Buildings at Stormont. There is  the suspicion that Sinn Féin is not really interested in reinstating the Executive because it wants to exploit the uncertainty of Brexit in order to further its united Ireland ambitions

Some in SF say row is really about unionists needing to show respect to nationalists

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Is the DUP leadership up for this? We will know soon enough. Sinn Féin certainly is.” Photograph: Oisin McHugh/Fusion Shooters

Gerry Adams insists republicans are ‘up for’ agreement to reinstate Stormont

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

George Hamilton expresses concern at conduct of Police Ombudsman’s investigation

Obesity levels in the North have shown an upward trend over the last decade from the 24%  recorded in 2005/06.  Photograph: Getty Images

New survey reports that fewer people are smoking in Northern Ireland

 Glenn Barr: Involved in loyalist politics and paramilitarism from early in the Troubles. Photograph:  Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Loyalist, with other UDA leaders, met leading politicians in Washington in 1979 for talks about independence for Northern Ireland

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: ‘Policing with the community is at the very centre of everything we do as a police service.’

Deputy chief constable Drew Harris says applications welcome ‘across all sections of community’

Mike Nesbitt: among the former Ulster Unionist Party leaders who joined 400 delegates at the party’s annual conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party cut to shadow of former self but some claim it is too early to write its obituary

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann says it is time for Northern Ireland institutions to move on. Photograph: PA

Robin Swann sick of progress in North being held up because one party ‘being swung by the tail’

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton: “I’m absolutely confident that there will not be misconduct established.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior officers not suspended or standing down during police ombudsman’s inquiry

Former US president Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill  at George Best Belfast City Airport

Senior Sinn Féin party figures blocked leader from securing agreement, Government sources say

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president held separate meetings with Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill in Belfast

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach warns wrong Brexit decisions threaten peace and prosperity in Ireland

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

18,500 homes left without power, schools forced to close and Stormont talks postponed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May discussed the latest talks setback by phone on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Two main Northern parties still incapable of ending deadlock over Irish language

Bill Clinton was due to make a surprise visit to Belfast on Monday to try to encourage the DUP and Sinn Féin to end the political deadlock. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

British army on standby should it be required to deal with weather emergencies

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Analysis: Positive mood suggests Sinn Féin and DUP will strike Assembly deal

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire  said that clear differences remained between the DUP and Sinn Fein, and that a deal has not been reached despite recent progress.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Westminster readies to allow for Stormont reinstatement if deal reached

The PSNI have appealed to the  public to come forward if they have any details that could help the inquiry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Three people arrested over crash in Fermanagh which PSNI believes involved two cars

Marie Conlon’s body was found by PSNI officers at her home at Larkspur Rise (general view above) in west Belfast after concerns were raised about her whereabouts. File photograph: Google Street View

PSNI detectives question man aged 23 over death of 68-year-old Marie Conlon

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney says negotiations at a ‘sensitive’ stage with possibility of deal by weekend

Jackie Larkin, whose brother Gerard Brady was murdered by the Mount Vernon UVF in 1994, and Ciaran Fox, whose father Eamon Fox was also murdered  by the UVF, speaking to the press after the DPP’s decision. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Killer Gary Haggarty’s case latest in long list of failures

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass  Gary Haggarty. Photograph: Pacemaker

Evidence of loyalist paramilitary Gary Haggarty will not be used against group

Maíria Cahill, above, and two other women alleged they were sexually abused by IRA member Martin Morris when they were in their teens. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Reports assesses PPS performance in wake of its mishandling of Maíria Cahill rape claims

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Northern Secretary said some progress made but ‘clear differences’ remain

Arlene Foster:  “What we can’t see happening is the Gaelicisation of areas where there is no desire or demand for the Irish language.” Photograph: Getty Images

North’s two main parties trying to resolve differences over proposed Irish language act

German fans celebrate in Windsor Park. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The local side were no match for the world champions but should still make play-offs

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People of different traditions ‘can be united by our common rights’, SDLP leader says

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

With proper political will, agreement could be reached ‘in days’, says Sinn Féin NI leader

A picture given to the Duke of Cambridge for Prince George by artist Oliver Jeffers during a visit to Belfast. Photograph: Niall carson/PA Wire

Duke of Cambridge highlights efforts of mental health charity

Four Catholic families in Cantrell Close, a mixed community housing development in Belfast, have left their homes after sectarian threats. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Politicians condemn threats against Catholic families

PSNI officer “John” who in the past year learned that dissidents knew where he lived and that there was a real and immediate threat to him, his wife and three children. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Forced from their home, a PSNI officer describes the ordeal he and his family face

The number of PSNI officers forced from their homes this year is three. Photograph: Trevor McBride

The effects on officers and their families can be psychological and also financial

Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Malachi O’Doherty says Sinn Féin leader one of world’s most successful politicians

David Davis:  The sparring between Mr Davis and Michel Barnier reminds Belfast-based lawyer Brett Lockhart  of two bar-library QCs engaging in negotiation well in advance of a complicated trial. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Business in North is sluggish, while jobs are being lost due to lack of clarity and coherence

Former northern  secretary  Peter Hain: “The Border looks like becoming just another bargaining chip in the negotiations with Brussels.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Former northern secretary warns UK Brexit policy opens back door to ‘Jihadi entryism’

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: “We can’t see this political impasse continuing much longer.” Photograph: PA Wire

British and Irish governments trying to establish merits of resuming talks

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire was meeting the five main Northern parties at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

James Brokenshire meeting five main Northern Ireland parties at Stormont

DUP leader Arlene Foster making proposals for the return of power-sharing. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

The British and Irish governments have a difficult decision to make

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Arlene Foster links return of Stormont to movement on language and culture issues

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Adams insists SF has ‘repeatedly demonstrated commitment to political institutions’

“On 24th August 2017 officers from the National Crime Agency arrested a 54-year-old man at Belfast International Airport in connection with its ongoing Nama investigation,” the agency said. File photograph: Getty Images

British crime agency investigating sale of Nama’s NI property portfolio for £1.2 billion

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  said the Government was planning to introduce legislation that would allow gardaí  give  evidence to the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister visiting North to sound out SF and DUP on prospect of ending stalemate

Michael Patrick completed his Cambridge degree in physics and material science but was more interested in acting.

My Left Nut’s lesson? ‘Young males need to talk, to open up – don’t keep things bottled up’

James Brokenshire: he is planning to make contact with party leaders in the coming week to prepare for a return to talks.  Photograph: Getty Images

Mood downbeat as parties decide whether to return to formal negotiations

A tractor that fell into a river after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Politicians question the ‘preparedness’ of statutory bodies after storm devastation

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have pleaded not guilty to charges of raping a woman in south Belfast

Ireland rugby internationals charged with raping the same woman in June last year

 Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn: “Some important lessons have not been learnt.” said Brendan McGuigan, the chief inspector of criminal justice in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brendan McGuigan calls for action to tackle level of suicide and self-harm at NI prison

Michelle O’Neill has written to the British and Irish governments and the NI parties proposing that talks aimed at reinstating the powersharing institutions restart next Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney and James Brokenshire try to chart way to restore powersharing

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill holds a press conference at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 16, 2017. See PA story POLITICS . Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

DUP welcomes UK government’s paper as ‘constructive’ with ‘plenty of ideas’

The UK’s Brexit secretary David Davis Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK sets out position on Border in key document ahead of Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May: Britain pledges to ensure Brexit will not undermine the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Border posts ‘completely unacceptable to the UK’, department position paper states

Leaked proposals from Theresa May’s government about plans for the Irish border under Brexit are ‘almost laughable’, says the SDLP. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and SDLP describe Brexit proposals as ‘unworkable’ and ‘back-of-envelope’

The British chancellor Philip Hammond, left, and the international trade secretary Liam Fox have jointly stated that Brexit would mean the UK pulling out of both the EU single market and the customs union. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Position paper to focus on making Border as ‘seamless and frictionless as possible’

The funeral cortège of Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray makes its way to Strabane cemetery. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray, a known dissident republican, had motor neurone disease

 Aine Magorrian, who was made redundant while on maternity leave and has settled a discrimination case for £9,000.  Photograph: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland/PA Wire

North’s Equality Commission says maternity cases most common cause of complaints

The survey showed a rise in confidence in the North’s Public Prosecution Service among both Catholic and Protestant communities. Photograph: Getty Images

More than three-quarters of public believe PPS provides fair and impartial service

Strabane man Kevin Murray.

Kevin Murray, known as ‘Flat Cap’, had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

 David Bolton has written a book examining the  mental health impact of the Troubles. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A new book outlines the urgent need to tackle North's longstanding mental-health problems

Portrait of Damien McNally by Colin Davidson:  McNally says sitting for the portrait as part of the Silent Testimony series of paintings of people who suffered loss in the Troubles was therapeutic

The son of a victim of sectarian violence needed help to recover from the trauma

Belfast Pride: PSNI and Garda members wear their uniforms in the parade for the first time. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA

Organisers say 8,000 people marched through the city for marriage equality

Leo Varadkar: “If they can’t come up with solutions, well then maybe they might talk about mine”

Varadkar says after 14 months those in favour of hard Brexit have failed to offer proposals

DUP leader Arlene Foster leaves with Sammy Wilson following on crutches after meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Arlene Foster describes meeting with Taoiseach as ‘useful and forthright’

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Party has signalled a willingness to be a junior partner in any future government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University Belfast, with President and Vice-Chancellor James McElnay. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Taoiseach outlines solutions to UK leaving customs union, single market

Brexit: “Every single aspect of life in Northern Ireland could be affected by the outcome”, Leo Varadkar will say. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar will also urge Northern Ireland politicians to restore Stormont

Bunny from Belfast performing at the Dublin Pride parade. Leo Varadkar will attend a Pride breakfast in Belfast, but not the parade itself. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar’s visit comes as attitudes to same-sex marriage appear to be shifting

Gerry Adams: “The Irish Government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote.”  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

SDLP leader accuses DUP of ‘feigned outrage’ over Taoiseach’s Brexiteers remarks

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster: “Brexit is going to happen. We are leaving the European Union.”  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

DUP leader says Leo Varadkar’s remarks are ‘disrespecting the will of the British people’

Leo Varadkar has confirmed he will attend a Pride breakfast event in Belfast on Saturday morning. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach also rejects DUP criticism of the Government ahead of Northern Ireland talks

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