Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers made her comments against a backdrop of concern that a £600 million budget deficit that the Northern Executive is likely to face this autumn could lead to its suspension. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for continued engagement between the Northern parties while appearing to rule out comprehensive Br(...)

Sinn Féin’s Daithí McKay: “Nama have a responsibility to come before the committee to answer questions and it is disappointing that Michael Noonan has so far not responded”

The Sinn Féin chairman of the Stormont finance committee Daithí McKay has criticised the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan over Nama’s refusal to(...)

(Left - right) Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, former MP Michelle Gildernew, vice president Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness outside the Palace of Westminster in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have urged British prime minister David Cameron to provide Stormont with a “workable” budget in or(...)

The Northern Assembly finance committee has criticised Nama for refusing to send its officials to give evidence. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nama and the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland were sharply criticised on Thursday by a Stormont scrutiny committee for snubbing its inquiry i(...)

Ian Coulter:  former managing partner at Tughans law firm in Belfast

The Stormont finance committee is scheduled to meet this morning to determine how probing it can be in its inquiry into allegations by Independent T(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has said the violence after the return “Twelfth” Orange Order parade in north Belfast, which resulted in a teenage girl being seriously injured and 25 PSNI officers also suffering injuries, was unacceptable. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The violence in north Belfast on Monday night was damaging to Northern Ireland’s reputation and its future, British prime minister David Cameron has s(...)

A police officer is dragged away after being struck by an object thrown by Loyalist protesters, leaving his ear partially detached, at the Ardoyne roundabout, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA 1:47

The PSNI officer in overall command of policing for the Twelfth of July parades has criticised the Orange Order for the level of marshalling it pro(...)

Police officers and paramedics attend to a girl who was trapped underneath a car at Ardoyne in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images. 1:47

The driver of a car which injured a 16-year-old girl in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast on Monday evening is to be charged with attempted murder, PS(...)

Police line up in front of Loyalist protesters on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Violence in north Belfast during Orange Order parades has been condemned on all sides in Northern Ireland. Twenty-four police officers were hurt and (...)

Police attend to an injured girl, after rolling the car off her, which had driven into a crowd of people outside Ardoyne in north Belfast. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images 1:47

Twenty-four police officers were hurt and a 16-year-old girl was taken to hospital after Orange Order parades turned violent in Belfast on Monday. The(...)