Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: talks at a “crunch point”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

The North’s five main parties have asked British prime minister David Cameron for a £2 billion (€2.55 billion) financial package over 10 years to pers(...)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “substantial progress” was made in Northern Ireland talks over the last 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Downing Street is now considering an agreed financial paper that could have the potential to end the impasse that is preventing a pre-Christmas agreem(...)

Despite months of negative publicity about Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour has a better chance of forming a coalition.   Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Politics in Britain is now all about next May’s election and nothing else.Politicians left the houses of parliament in Westminster last evening to the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

The British government has made obtaining greater national control of migration from the rest of the EU a key objective. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The European Union’s supreme court told Britain on Thursday that it could no longer require entry visas in advance for non-EU citizens who are family (...)

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(...)

Labour party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on immigration to the UK. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

British employers will face jail sentences if they employ immigrant labour on poorer conditions to locals if Labour wins power, the party’s leader, (...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

Alan Yarrow, the lord mayor of the City of London. “We have got to make sure that we have got friends in Europe”

Britain needs friends in Europe, says Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, who is becoming ever more concerned about the drift in the (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan said it was “important that all parties renew their focus”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he still believes there is time to reach agreement in the Northern talks by the end of the yea(...)