Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When it was scheduled, the interview with Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was meant to be about other issues. Then a political crisis er(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Emails released in the political storm over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business as US secretary of state sho(...)

 Chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Sir Anthony Hart. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Children were allegedly subjected to sectarian abuse by staff at a state-run institution in Northern Ireland, a lawyer told a public inquiry. Catholic(...)

Jeremiah Mathis Thede, from California, has appeared before Antrim Magistrates’ Court charged with endangering the safety of a United Airlines aircraft, disruptive behaviour on board and common assault. File photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

An American man charged over an alleged air rage incident does not accept responsibility for the costly diversion of a transatlantic flight, a court h(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is holding talks in Dublin with Charlie Flanagan and Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

High-level talks are being held in Dublin and London today to determine if mechanisms can be devised that would protect the Northern Executive and (...)

Farmers protesting in Dublin city centre in 2013 against low milk pricing. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Farmers are to stage a major demonstration at Stormont to highlight the ongoing difficulties facing their industry. The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) sai(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has called the decision by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) to leave the Northern Ireland Executive dishonest, saying “exiting the field of play” was not a tactically clever first option.

First Minister Peter Robinson is to meet the British prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday to discuss the crisis caused by the PSNI assessment that (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it seemed clear to him that a solution would not be found within Northern Ireland and that some form of talks involving both governments would be required. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has indicated the Irish and British governments will need to become involved in negotiations to resolve t(...)

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Sinn Féin’s Falls Road office was paint-bombed and graffiti scrawled on the century-old facade of the the Car(...)