UUP leader Mike Nesbitt (centre left) leaving a meeting on whether the party should withdraw from the North’s Executive.

The ruling executive of the Ulster Unionist Party has unanimously endorsed the recommendation of its leader Mike Nesbitt to withdraw its single Minist(...)

The rapidity with which the Northern Ireland Executive has descended into a full-blown crisis reflects not just a loss of trust between the various pa(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: his party has   resigned from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive and is forming an opposition over claims the Provisional IRA still exists. Photograph: PA

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has said trust between political parties in Northern Ireland must been re-established if the current politic(...)

Pearse Doherty also criticised comments by the Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has dismissed the controversy over the IRA’s alleged involvement in the killing of Kevin McGuigan as a “fake crisis” creat(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers to determine if the collapse of the Stormont powersharing institutions can be prevented. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers in Dublin next week to determine if the collapse of the Stormo(...)

 DUP delegation, including Nigel Dodds, after a meeting  regarding the  row over the Provisional IRA. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Political Staff in Stormont Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers does not believe “business as usual” is possible at Stormont as the row over the Pro(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

 Gerry Adams: IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast, Sinn Féin leader says. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said last night that the IRA were not involved in the “brutal murder” of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this mont(...)

Police line up in front of Loyalist protesters on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Violence in north Belfast during Orange Order parades has been condemned on all sides in Northern Ireland. Twenty-four police officers were hurt and (...)