Alfie Martin: the 95-year-old second World War hero called on councillors at Belfast City Hall to fulfill the promise of peace the end of the war had brought elsewhere. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Alfie Martin, a 95-year-old second World War hero, caught the current mood at Belfast City Hall yesterday. The war was supposed to be about “peace in(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  and DUP MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street to meet British prime minister  David Cameron. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called for “urgent” talks with the Taoiseach and the British prime minister over the c(...)

Northern Ireland  First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and DUP North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street, London, for a meeting with British PM David Cameron. Photograph: PA 2:44

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said he will take “unilateral action” if the Assembly is not adjourned or suspended for at least fo(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is holding talks in Dublin with Charlie Flanagan and Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

High-level talks are being held in Dublin and London today to determine if mechanisms can be devised that would protect the Northern Executive and (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

Mike Nesbitt’s decision to pull a UUP Minister  out of the Executive exacerbated the sense of crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After the political maelstrom of the past week and the sense that the powersharing bodies could be blown apart in the tumult, Northern Ireland’s po(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers to determine if the collapse of the Stormont powersharing institutions can be prevented. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers in Dublin next week to determine if the collapse of the Stormo(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)