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(...)