Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

The North’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton said of the Osborne offer: “It’s disappointing it isn’t a final decision”.Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Power over corporation tax is “not a good candidate for devolution” to the Northern Ireland Executive, the highly respected London-based Institute f(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne at the Conservatice conference: he rejected claims he is targeting the poor. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has rejected calls from senior Conservatives to declare that the UK would quit the European Unio(...)

Protesters demonstrating in London. In farmers’ eyes, animal rights activists feel sympathy for the badgers culled in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in a trial last year, but none for them or  their stock. Photograph: PA

David Barton’s family has worked Manor Farm in Middle Duntisbourne for five generations. The farm is situated near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, in (...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (right) with Carmel Quinn (left) whose brother Frank Quinn, who was shot dead in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August 1971Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Families of the 11 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in 1971 are to meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The incident(...)

 Marian Price will be sentenced in January: File potograph: Niall Carson/PA

Laganside Crown Court in Belfast today heard a plea for Old Bailey bomber Marian Price not to be sent to prison. After initially pleading not guilty, (...)

 A resident inspects his house in the center of Dordrecht, The Netherlands, today after some areas in the  low-lying historic center of the city were flooded. Photograph: EPA

The death toll from hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to six when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killin(...)

The Conservatives hold the majority of seats along the southern end of the proposed HS2 high-speed train route, seats that will be crucial if the party is to have any chance of single-party rule after the next British general election. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

In times past, British monarchs had to keep a close eye on the barons in the shires, fearful that any change in loyalty threatened disaster to their h(...)

Until April 2015, the market in the Republic is tied to the quota system, which gives purchasers of raw milk, namely the diary co-ops, control over production in each region, which in effect means that they set prices paid to suppliers.  Photographer: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

Milk prices are currently breaking records. This week, the Republic’s biggest processor, Glanbia, announced that it will pay farmers 39 cent a litre, (...)