Under the Stormont House Agreement, £700 million is being set aside to pay for the cost of the 20,000 public sector redundancies  in Northern Ireland, with £200 million made available in each of the coming three years and £100 million provided in 2018/2019. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Photo

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is to shed 2,400 jobs in the next year in a voluntary exit scheme that was agreed in the Christmas Stormont House A(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts for the continuation of his High Court action for damages. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A former Director of Public Prosecutions has told the High Court he decided there was insufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution of Ian Bailey for(...)

Northern Ireland DUP finance minister Simon Hamilton has warned continuing cutbacks in financial allocations from Westminster will create major financial challenges for the Executive. Photograph: PA

The North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton has presented his final £10 billion 2015-2016 budget, which became possible because of the Christmas (...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton wants less politicians and civil servants operating at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has proposed a “national reform plan for Northern Ireland” that would see a reduction in both the number of(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton address the media after a draft budget for 2015 was agreed one day before the Treasury-imposed deadline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The North’s finance Minister Simon Hamilton in presenting a draft budget in the Assembly today has warned of swingeing cuts to the Northern Executive (...)

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance, Northern Executive

The North’s finance Minister Simon Hamilton hopes a positive decision on devolving corporation tax powers to the Northern Executive will be made withi(...)

The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton (l) told the North’s Policing Board today that he can’t guarantee he will be able to implement the cuts of £51.4 million that the Department of Justice has demanded from him. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has warned that he can no longer afford to maintain his current force of just under 7,000 officers. Deliverin(...)

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton who said the status quo in Northern Ireland is simply not an option. Photograph: Reuters

The British and Irish governments should become involved if Northern Ireland politicians fail to deal with the past, the PSNI chief constable George H(...)

Engagement between police and the loyal orders as well as political leaders resulted in the most peaceful marching season in years, according to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has said the 2014 marching season was the most peaceful in recent years but expressed concern over the costs of p(...)

George Hamilton also served as assistant chief constable in the crime division in Strathclyde in Scotland from 2009 to 2011. Photograph: PA

The next PSNI chief constable will be George Hamilton who currently is an assistant chief constable with the force, the North’s Policing Board has ann(...)