Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan at the conclusion of extended talks. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have hailed the new Stormont deal agreed on Tuesday as an “important turning point” for (...)

The new taskforce will comprise the Garda and the PSNI among other bodies

The Irish and British governments have set up a high-level multiagency taskforce to deal with organised crime and cross-Border criminality and smuggli(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after agreement was reached at Stormont House yesterday. Photograph: Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Listeners to BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme were invited to suggest a name for yesterday’s Stormont House agreement. “Groundhog Day Deal,” was (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and  Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The 67-page agreement, entitled A Fresh Start, is designed to implement the various aspects of the Stormont House Agreement from last December, and to(...)

Maghaberry houses about 1,000 prisoners, some of them on remand. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A damning report published on Thursday has found that the high-security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim is in “crisis” and is “unsafe and unstable” for(...)

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane and party leader Gerry Adams paid tribute to the slain Garda. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams paying tribute to Garda Tony Golden in Belfast told of how he recently had to call to one of the party’s Assembly members(...)

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton,  Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford at the annual cross-border seminar on organised crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Garda Commissioner and the PSNI chief constable have played down any differences between them on the level of involvement by the IRA in criminal a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with party colleagues at Stormont yesterday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

British prime minister David Cameron has expressed grave concern over the crisis engulfing Stormont, but ruled out suspending the Assembly in a conver(...)

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland,  gives her reaction to yesterday’s DUP walkout. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

There was great confusion but not much relief, as Bob Dylan more or less said, at Stormont yesterday. But behind the chaos, one of two things w(...)

Peter Robinson said  the Executive would only meet in “exceptional circumstances” while the talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties are taking place. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown /PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has said the DUP will boycott the Northern Executive pending the outcome of talks beginning on Tuesday designed to end t(...)