‘This is the first time trades unions have opposed a Stormont deal. On every previous occasion, the ICTU and individual unions have hailed the outcome as a welcome contribution to the consolidation of peace’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held telephone talks to try to solve the crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan held separate telephone talks last night with Martin McGuinness, Theresa Villiers and Dr Alasdair McDonn(...)

Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin would not be part of any agenda that punished the most vulnerable. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Stormont was thrust back into potential crisis on Monday after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin will now oppose the passage of (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)

Bishop Donal McKeown: claimed Mr Robinson had suggested that “certain vested interests, by implication the Catholic Church, were the ones who were blocking movements towards that [integrated education]”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

First Minister Peter Robinson has weighed into a developing quarrel over integrated education between the auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor(...)