There’s a large element once again of kicking the can down the road in important elements of the 67-page deal agreed in Stormont House on Tuesday. A k(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland Assembly members have began the business of bringing some normality to Stormont politics following the agreement on Tuesday involving(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have announced a new agreement has been reached to overcome the various crises over the past two years that have sta(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson have made “great progress”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said it is “make your mind up time” for the northern parties as they try to bridge final differences holding u(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: “Is a deal achievable? I think with goodwill on all sides it is achievable . . . I do think we are talking more about days rather than weeks.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that a political deal is “achievable” and that the time frame for agreement was days ra(...)

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(...)