Charlie Flanagan says he detects “a willingness on the part of the party leaders to move forward” on the North talks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “a chart has been set” as part of political attempts to end the latest Stormont crisis. Speakin(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

 Acting Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference at Stormont on September 21st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government must be “pushed” into making compensation available for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism, MLAs have been told. Act(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roundtable talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties are scheduled to begin today notwithstanding that DUP l(...)

 DUP party leader Peter Robinson: “I am an optimist by nature. I believe that there is a way through . . . I still believe that the direction of travel is right.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader Peter Robinson says he wants round-table talks to begin on Monday but he needs commitments from the British government for that to happen. (...)

Cerberus say it had contact with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (above) and former minister of finance Simon Hamilton before the acquisition of Nama’s North portfolio. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Cerberus, the New York investment firm that bought Nama’s portfolio in the North for £1.2 billion (€1.6bn), has said for the first time that it held(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can ‘be got on track’ shortly. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he hopes talks to resolve the crisis at Stormont can “be got on track” shortly. Mr Kenny said he had been briefed on th(...)

Arlene Foster: Made it clear that the DUP was expecting more from Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: PA

DUP acting First Minister Arlene Foster has described as “disappointing” a statement by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that “serious consideratio(...)

‘A recent Belfast opinion poll suggested a majority in favour of Mike Nesbitt’s action in pulling his Ulster Unionist party minister out of the Stormont executive. That was a clear illustration of widespread exasperation at the performance of the political classes.’ Above,   Mike Nesbitt (right) after speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast on Monday,  September 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Few things are certain about the peace process, but one thing seems sure enough in the latest crisis: that the Assembly which now requires yet another(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with party colleagues at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

British prime minister David Cameron has expressed grave concern over the crisis engulfing Stormont, but ruled out suspending the Assembly in a conver(...)