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(...)

INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said “the cuts will affect the quality of the education and outcomes they achieve for generations to come”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Northern Ireland Minister for Education minister John O’Dowd faced down protesters at the Irish Natinal Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) conference on Tu(...)

Paudie McGahon (40) from Co Louth pictured during the BBC Spotlight programme to be broadcast tonight. Photograph: BBC screengrab

A second alleged IRA sex abuse victim has now come forward to claim he was raped by a senior Belfast member of the paramilitary organisation.Paudie Mc(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said substantial progress must be made in the talks this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at ensuring the stability of the Northern Executive and Assembly remain primarily stuck on the issue of a financial package from British p(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

“The point is to actually break these bastards – that’s the point,” said Gerry Adams on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Newton’s third law is that for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction. In Northern Ireland that translates as, for every tribal ins(...)

Prof Ninetta Santoro, Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane at NUI Galway to discuss diversity in teacher education

The shift from one year to two years in the postgraduate programme for trainee teachers has delighted policy wonks who believe it will enhance the (...)

From left: Aislynn Bagnall, Eileen Muckian, Antone Bagnal, Michael Heary and Catherine Donnelly, who are all students at St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook, receive their A-level results. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Northern Ireland’s school-leavers have again outperformed their counterparts in Britain when it comes to achieving top grades in their A-levels. Howe(...)

Trinity College Dublin is revising its admissions policy to make it easier for Northern Ireland students to gain entry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Trinity College Dublin is revising its admissions policy to make it easier for Northern Ireland students to gain entry.Under the initiative, which see(...)

Educating together

Confirmation that the Stormont Executive is to fund “shared education” between Catholics, Protestants and those of other or no faiths is welcome. But (...)