Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has become fully operational in Northern Ireland. Officers working for the organisation dubbed the British FBI will be(...)

Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison was viewed as an assertive figure in the area and would not have been universally popular. Photograph: Daily Ireland

The PSNI has ruled out dissident involvement or a sectarian motive for the murder of former IRA commander Gerard Davison (47) who was shot on Tuesday (...)

Northern Ireland justice minister David Ford condemned the attack and said it put the lives of local people at risk. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Probation offices in Derry have been damaged in an overnight explosion.British army bomb disposal experts are examining a second device near the scen(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)

The  DUP’s Jim Wells, who has apologised for controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The DUP is standing by its Health Minister Jim Wells following remarks about gay couples and child abuse despite concern at a senior level in the part(...)

 The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Ms Fitzgerald was one of the speakers at the launch of the new male-focused Prostitution - We Don’t Buy It campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:41

Most Irish men have never paid for sex and claim that they never will, but can still play a vital role in fighting the “enslavement” of women caught u(...)

Both Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) and First Minister Peter Robinson (left) have cancelled plans to travel to Washington for St Patrick’s Day as they attempt to come to an agreement over Welfare Reform. Photograph: John Harrison/Harrison Photography/PA Wire.

The Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is hopeful that agreement in the latest impasse at Stormont can be reached by(...)

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over their stance on welfare reform in the North

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over t(...)

Once again, Sinn Féin has plunged the political structures at Stormont into crisis. This time it is because the party leadership was not prepared to a(...)