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 (...)

There is cautious optism that a fragile agreement can be put in place before Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach and British prime minister will arrive in Belfast for political negotiations on Thursday, but no one in the North is holding their brea(...)

There are conflicting views at Stormont about the possibility of a reasonably comprehensive agreement when Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) and British prime minister David  Cameron engage in negotiations in Northern Ireland on Thursday and Friday. File photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron will spend two days in Northern Ireland this week to try to propel the five main Norther(...)

Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)

US envoy to the inter-party talks, Gary Hart (right), is met at Parliament buildings Stormont by SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell and party colleague Joe Byrne. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The United States envoy to the North’s interparty talks has held a series of meeting aimed at ending deadlock over flags, parades and legacy issues of(...)

The Titianic Experience museum in Belfast. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New taxes, water charges and possible public sector pay protests – could this be a taste of what the future holds for Northern Ireland?Because life as(...)

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A memorial service for Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland first minister and Democratic Unionist Party founder, will be held in Belfast next mon(...)

Sammy Wilson  of the DUP: “I congratulate the people of Scotland for recognising the benefits of the union, despite the tartan terror tactics of the SNP during a very contentious referendum campaign.”

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern Editor Sinn Féin is maintaining its push for a Border poll on a united Ireland on the back of the Scottish independence referen(...)

The first, faltering steps

Twenty years ago, after decades of street violence and armed struggle, peace came to Northern Ireland. On September 1st, 1994, following agreement on (...)

September 7th, 1994:  Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume after their meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin to discuss a ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Albert Reynolds believed his greatest political achievement was helping to bring an end to what he called the “terrible cycle of death” in Northern Ir(...)