Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said substantial progress must be made in the talks this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at ensuring the stability of the Northern Executive and Assembly remain primarily stuck on the issue of a financial package from British p(...)

There is cautious optism that a fragile agreement can be put in place before Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach and British prime minister will arrive in Belfast for political negotiations on Thursday, but no one in the North is holding their brea(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton:  claims Sinn Féin “are living on another planet economically and fiscally”. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/PA

On British government welfare reform Simon Hamilton, the DUP Minister of Finance, says he has one message for Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin, “It’s a good (...)

Dr
Alasdair McDonnell:
“The situation in Northern Ireland has become volatile and, with threats of a ‘graduated response’ from unionism that will affect government and politics, could get worse.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have briefed Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton on the political and community tensions triggered by next Satur(...)

The  farm in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, near the Border, at which thousands of farm animals perished in a fire. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Police are investigating the cause of a fire that killed thousands of pigs at a farm in Northern Ireland. Carcasses of the sows and pig(...)

 The wreckage of a helicopter at the accident site in Gillingham, Norfolk. Photograph:  EPA/Jason Bye

The Government, along with the heads of the Stormont Executive have paid tribute to Eddie Haughey, who died in a helicopter crash in Britain ye(...)

A wrecked car near the explosion in Talbot Street, Dublin, in May 1974, a bombing in which Robin “the Jackal” Jackson is believed to have been involved. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton|Archive

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire is investigating complaints from 24 families over how the RUC inquired into more than 70 loya(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: said  he hopes to meet Mr Gilmore in the near future to seek elaboration on the comments made by the Tánaiste at the British-Irish Association conference in Cambridge at the weekend

The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to follow up on Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s offer that the Government would address unionist perceptions(...)

The blaze broke out in the engine of the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train, forcing it to stop just short of Newry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An investigation has started into the cause of a fire on board a cross-Border passenger train last night, in which no one was injured.The blaze broke (...)

Estimates from the organisation suggest the UK government lost about £70 million in revenue last year, considerably less than the estimates of about £250 million in 2006, due to diesel laundering. Photograph: Getty Images

Fuel launderers in a Border area of Northern Ireland dumped toxic waste in the same place 10 times, it has been revealed. Former republi(...)