Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said some SDLP Assembly members were defying Dr Alasdair McDonnell by tabling  amendments. Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have accused Sinn Féin of opposing austerity in the South but supporting it in the North, as the consideration stage of the w(...)

 Facilitators (from left): William Devas, Jacinta de Paor, Eamon Rafter, Barbara Walshe, Phil Killeen, Geoffrey Corry and Ian White at Glencree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In peace processes there are always the high-profile people – politicians and former military or paramilitary leaders – who make the headlines and gar(...)

Martin McGuinness and Rita O’Hare arriving at Dublin Airport in 2005. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has rejected demands by a Conservative MP to investigate a former Downing Street official’s decision to warn(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, saying the desire had prevailed to give “the promise of a brighter future for all o(...)

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(...)