Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanag(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

If Dr McDonnell is to have any hope of remaining at the helm, he must hold his South Belfast seat. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

There’s a sizeable rump in the SDLP which believes that this time next year the party will have a new leader. Current captain Dr Alasdair McDonnell mi(...)

The SDLP still has a relevance and a vision and a contribution to make to “making Northern Ireland”,  Alex Attwood told the party’s annual conference in Belfast today. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

The SDLP still has a relevance and a vision and a contribution to make to “making Northern Ireland”, Assembly member Alex Attwood told the party’s a(...)

Australian exploration company Tamboran Resources said it plans drill a borehole in Co Fermanagh next month to test for natural gas

Australian exploration company Tamboran Resources said it plans drill a borehole in Co Fermanagh next month to test for natural gas. The borehole near(...)

The coffin of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, is carried to St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, for his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

Mark Durkan:  he urged Mr Cameron to honour “the dying wish of an innocent man”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

British prime minister David Cameron has offered to look into a promise made to Gerry Conlon shortly before he died that he could inspect files held(...)

The front of the Everglades Hotel in Derry which was damaged in a bomb attack this morning. Photograph: BBC News NI via Twitter

A bomb blast that extensively damaged a hotel in Derry was an attack on the whole city, the local MP has said.The device was thrown into the reception(...)

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP are on course to maintain their respective positions as lead parties of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. How(...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)