Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Peter Robinson said he felt like a “marathon runner who at the end of 20-odd miles has the stadium in sight”. But, in the same breath, he added: “Whet(...)

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 (...)

The clear implication from all the Northern parties was that a generous injection of cash by London – talk was of £1 billion or so – would certainly s(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

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(...)

People react while watching President Barack Obama outlining his executive actions on immigration in a televised address at Casa de Maryland in Hyattsville, Maryland, last night. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times 2:05

President Barack Obama’s bold executive actions last night, helping five million long-term illegal migrants in the US, are a sticking plaster compared(...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell  issued his  demand following talks in Stormont aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the future of the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have called on the British government to provide the necessary funding to deal with the past.Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly and SDLP(...)

US envoy to the interparty talks Gary Hart speaking at a press conference in the US Consulate General offices in Belfast today.Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The US has no interest in “dictating” a solution to long-running political differences in Northern Ireland, US envoy Gary Hart has said, urging the(...)

John Kerry has appointed Gary Hart as a special envoy to Northern Ireland. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

The United States has appointed former senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart as an envoy to Northern Ireland to play “a direct, on-the-ground d(...)