Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers addresses the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has warned of the possibility of a return to British direct rule if the Stormont House talks fail to reach a succe(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson and North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

A fresh attempt to provide political stability at Stormont began on Tuesday evening with the Ulster Unionists insisting they would only partially enga(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers (centre) leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin after meeting Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan (right) and  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald last week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

The future of Stormont is “in jeopardy” if welfare reform and the fallout from the murder of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan can not be resolved, No(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at Stormont where he said there will be no further routine meetings of the power-sharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Talks aimed at securing the future of Stormont begin on Tuesday against a background of recrimination after the DUP said it would boycott meetings (...)

Martin McGuinness: wants the US administration to intervene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is travelling to Washington today to urge the US administration to assist in breaking the deadlock t(...)

Gardaí outside Leinster House. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leinster House is under potential threat from “fixated loners”, gardaí have warned TDs. Amid heightened security concerns consideration is being given(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Balbirnie. Photograph: William Cherry

Ireland made it 20 straight victories in World T20 qualifiers when they beat the United States by 46 runs at Stormont in Belfast yesterday. John Brac(...)

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(...)