Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and  Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers have decided to invite the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance to the meeting after it became clear  that local politicians had no idea how to end a stalemate linked to the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

The British and Irish governments plan to hold talks with the North’s five main parties next week to test is there any way of ending the logjam that i(...)

The funeral of journalist Martin O’Hagan whose 2001  murder featured in a Panorama programme. Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as a result of security force collusion.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as (...)

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(...)

Daniel and Amy McArthur of the Ashers Baking Company. The company was found guilty of discrimination against a gay rights advocate by refusing to bake him a cake with a slogan promoting same-sex marriage. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire

The Ashers Baking Company in Belfast is to appeal the Belfast County Court decision which found it guilty of discrimination against a gay rights advoc(...)

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 (...)

Police Federation for Northern Ireland Mark Lindsay told the federation’s annual conference in Belfast:  “You cannot savage the bottom line and expect performance and delivery to remain unaffected.”

The PSNI is caught in a “vortex” of cuts, reorganisation, new work patterns and “deeply despised” pension reform that is leading to a “worrying” reduc(...)

 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(...)

Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory apologises to three woman who accused an alleged IRA member of abusing them as children,  after a damning report criticised how  the  prosecution was handled at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has called on Sinn Féin to accept the findings of Sir Keir Starmer QC and to apologise to her. Ms Cahill said she welcomed and ac(...)

The Prince of Wales meets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA wire

Prince Charles maintained the theme of healing and reconciliation when he visited Belfast yesterday, engaging in a public handshake with Martin McGui(...)