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(...)

Nishi Ward: The planned corporate tax reduction would, he says, allow him to invest more in his already-profitable business and target growth in new international markets

If corporation tax were cool, Eamonn Donaghy of KPMG in Belfast would be the Bono of his world – half quiet tax accountant, half buccaneering campaign(...)

 DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster has been  given permission to accelerate the passage of the budget Bill through the Northern Assembly so that it could become law by the end of July. File photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown /PA Wire

The Stormont finance committee has given DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster the go-ahead to begin rushing her so-called “fantasy” or provisional b(...)

 DUP finance minister Arlene Foster. Ms Foster is to press ahead with a ‘fantasy budget’ in the North despite the refusal of Sinn Féin and the SDLP to sign up to its welfare reform element. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The North’s finance minister Arlene Foster is to present a budget in the Stormont Assembly next week despite the fact that Sinn Féin and the SDLP are(...)

The North’s Minister for Finance  Arlene Foster of the DUP (pictured with Peter Robinson)  plans to get everyone to pretend they have resolved the ongoing row over welfare reforms and agree a new budget – a real one that is. Photograph/Press Eye

Fans of fantasy football might be interested to hear that a new beautiful game is set to be launched in Northern Ireland next Tuesday. The as-yet unti(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: “The situation looks increasingly grim. No resolution was found at this afternoon’s meeting and time is running out.” Photograph: David Young/PA

Talks aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly concluded at Stormont on Tuesday evening with the British g(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson speaking during a press conference outside Stormont Castle on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson had a busy schedule to get through on Tuesday, including talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, o(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at the Irish Open, at Royal County Down golf club, on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson is to attend Stormont talks hosted by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flana(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson arrives at the course Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Clubafter he was discharged from hospital yesterday, four days after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson is attending the Irish Open golf tournament at Royal Co Down after being hospitalised for a heart con(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)