Sinn Fein party colleagues Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Conor Murphy announce that Sinn Féin will back Stormont’s so-called ‘fantasy budget’ in an attempt to buy time to find a solution on welfare. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The possibility of the collapse of the Stormont institutions has been put back after Sinn Féin decided it would conditionally endorse the so-called “f(...)

Members of the 1916 Societies were responsible for erecting the Tricolour and the green flag of the Irish Republic over Parliament Buildings, Stormont(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and  Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers have decided to invite the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance to the meeting after it became clear  that local politicians had no idea how to end a stalemate linked to the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

The British and Irish governments plan to hold talks with the North’s five main parties next week to test is there any way of ending the logjam that i(...)

  Minister for Finance Arlene Foster,  the DUP’s Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson: Sinn Feín is leading the charge against the welfare change with the SDLP.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

There was considerable public and indeed political sympathy with the comment of Alliance Assembly member Stewart Dickson yesterday when he referred(...)

 Michaella McCollum  (L) has had her bid to be moved to a Northern Ireland  prison approved by Stormont. McCollum was convicted  of smuggling cocaine in Peru in 2013.  Photograph: Reuters

The repatriation of convicted drugs smuggler Michaella McCollum to Northern Ireland from Peru has been approved by Stormont’s justice minister.The ne(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: will hold out the carrot of the Northern Executive having corporation tax-setting powers if a deal is done. Photograph: EPA

The Stormont negotiations designed to reach agreement on a range of issues are now at a “crucial stage”, said British prime minister David Cameron as (...)

A bill has been published in the wake of the decision by the North’s Equality Commission to take a civil legal action against Ashers Baking Company for refusing to bake a cake  promoting same-sex marriage via the images of Bert and Ernie. Photograph: YouTube/Christian Institute

A DUP Assembly member has called for a “reasonable accommodation” between the rights of people not to be discriminated against and the right to freedo(...)

Simon Hamilton:  getting used to his prestigious Northern Executive post of Minister for Finance. Photograph: Press Eye

Simon Hamilton, his jacket draped loosely over his office chair, sits in his new office on the Stormont estate, getting used to his prestigious Northe(...)