Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red. After a week of intense negotiations, British and Irish Ministers and senior Northern politicians were unable to sign off on a deal. Photograph: PA

Attempts to strike a deal that would stabilise the Northern Executive and Assembly are to enter their 10th week after the British and Irish government(...)

The North South Ministerial Council meeting was postponed so talks at Stormont could continue. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting planned for Armagh on Friday was postponed so that talks aimed at safeguarding the future of the No(...)

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, said the inquiry would complete its work by July next year and submit its report in January 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is to investigate a further six institutions, bringing the total number to 22, the inquiry chairman(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin last May. In the Republic, 67% of respondents were  comfortable with a close member of their family marrying someone of the same sex.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A clear majority of people on both sides of the Border accept the principle of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey. The survey for BBC Nort(...)

Ankle tagging: it is used to  to ensure that people stay where where the court has directed they remain at night; however the tags are not used to track their movements by GPS. Photograph: Chris Eades/Rex Features

Twelve hundred people a year are tagged in Northern Ireland under rules introduced six years ago, with all bar 130 of them carrying the tags while (...)

John and Lynette Rodgers, from Holywood in Co Down. Photograph: Pacemaker Press/ Rodgers Family  John and Lynette Rodgers, from Holywood in Co Down. Photograph: Pacemaker Press/ Rodgers Family

The joint funerals of the honeymoon couple who were drowned while holidaying in South Africa is taking place today in the same church where they were (...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: I think with goodwill on all sides it is achievable. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There is a “growing sense of hope” that a comprehensive deal covering issues such as paramilitarism and welfare reform could be agreed in the next tw(...)

Mr Reg Empey. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The outcome of the 2015 Westminster election was a “breakthrough” for the Ulster Unionist Party opening opportunities in the period ahead, former lead(...)

UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party wants to work with nationalism but it cannot tolerate Sinn Féin continuing to insist that the IRA no longer exists, the UUP (...)

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A newly published report proposes a 35-year “road map to prosperity and social justice” in Northern Ireland. The Heenan-Anderson report says there is(...)