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(...)

Theresa  Villiers said there was still  time to try to break  political deadlock in Stormont while indicating that ultimately she may take over control of welfare.   File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has refused to rule out the British government taking over responsibility for welfare from the Northern Executive (...)

 Minister for Finance Arlene Foster  warned that rejection of the welfare proposals would create an unsustainable £604 million (€854 million) deficit in the Stormont budget. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Northern Assembly last night blocked the final passage of the welfare Bill, triggering a potential crisis that could bring down the Stormont in(...)

  Minister for Finance Arlene Foster,  the DUP’s Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson: Sinn Feín is leading the charge against the welfare change with the SDLP.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

There was considerable public and indeed political sympathy with the comment of Alliance Assembly member Stewart Dickson yesterday when he referred(...)

Peter Robinson underwent a procedure for a heart condition on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The DUP pressed ahead with the final stage of the welfare reform bill today despite concerns that it will precipitate a crisis that would jeopardise t(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: underwent procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition. Mr R(...)

Hospitality Ulster was launched by First Minister  of Northern Peter Robinson.

The hospitality sector could create up to 5,000 additional jobs in Northern Ireland over the next 10 years if it expands its skills base and adopts a (...)

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executive. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, DUP leader Peter Robinson, has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executiv(...)

Conference should attract more than 1,200 delegates to Belfast

Francess McDonnellBelfast has attracted a major international aviation conference that is likely to attract 1,200 delegates to the city and deliver po(...)

The Cast and Crew restaurant across from the Titanic Belfast centre marks the first restaurant development of its kind in the Titanic Quarter

Northern Ireland’s reigning “tourism hero” Niall McKenna is to open two new restaurants in Belfast and create 55 jobs in a move which he says reflect(...)