SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has been attacked in the Northern Assembly for supporting a motion handing over responsibility for welfare cuts to Westminster rather than t(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland Assembly members have began the business of bringing some normality to Stormont politics following the agreement on Tuesday involving(...)

Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan at the conclusion of extended talks. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have hailed the new Stormont deal agreed on Tuesday as an “important turning point” for (...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Listeners to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme were invited to suggest a name for yesterday’s Stormont House agreement. “Groundhog Day Deal,” was (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have announced a new agreement has been reached to overcome the various crises over the past two years that have sta(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson have made “great progress”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said it is “make your mind up time” for the northern parties as they try to bridge final differences holding u(...)

Irish Government must hold “the British government to account” over allegations UDA intelligence officer Brian Nelson was allegedly urged by his British intelligence handlers to get the UDA to launch a bombing campaign in the Republic in the late 1980s, says Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin has stated that reports of how British agent Brian Nelson allegedly set up republicans and nationalists for murder and targeting demonstr(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers who said on Monday the Northern Ireland talks cannot go on indefinitely. Photograph: Getty

This week is “make your mind up time” for the Northern parties to strike a deal to safeguard the Stormont institutions, the Northern Secretary Theresa(...)

Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“That’s the best speech we’ve heard in a hundred years,” said a hugely enthused SDLP supporter to reporters at the press desk after new leader Colum E(...)

Colum Eastwood with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

New leader Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the SDLP more relevant after he was last night elected the party’s sixth leader. At 32, Mr Eastwood is(...)