Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and  First Minister Peter Robinson.  One of the reasons relations between the two are so bad is because of Sinn Féin opposition to welfare reform. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

What would happen economically in Northern Ireland if the Scots vote Yes tomorrow creates more questions than answers, while the prospect of a fairly (...)

Members of the Orange Order march in Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Whatever the people of Scotland decide in the knife-edge independence referendum on Thursday, there is a quiet recognition in Northern Ireland that at(...)

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, the outgoing Lord Mayor of Belfast, in Belfast City Hall.  Photograph: Aidan O’Reilly/Pacemaker

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Lord Mayor of Belfast for one more week, likes to take selfies and post them on his prolific Twitter feed. There are pictures (...)

The Other Cheek? by John Keane; Ulster Museum collection

The bronze woman has been flung on to her back by the force of the explosion: legs splayed, arms contorted, face obscured. Frozen in the eterna(...)

Nama’s Northern Ireland  loans have a face-value of €4 billion it is thought likely only to be worth around €1 billion if put on the market. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pimco, the global asset management giant with close to $2 trillion under management, has approached the National Asset Management Agency to buy its(...)

Talks chaired by Dr Richard Haass (above) and Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan are to continue over the weekend. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a new Parades Commission as the Haass talks enter a crucial stage in pursuit of agreement on parades(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.   Photograph: Eric Luke

There is now potential for the Haass talks to propose limited immunity for those who committed crimes during the Northern conflict after First Ministe(...)

Account NI processes more than a million transactions a year. It has 215 civil service staff, but the technology supporting its operation is provided under a £54 million, 12-year contact with BT. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A Northern Ireland Executive system introduced to speed up the payment of bills has cost more than £4 million (€4.79 million), it was revealed.A commo(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who visited Belfast on Friday, said he would like the bridge to go ahead, but that it was a question of “hard cash”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A cross-Border bridge, finally approved in July, may be lost unless a multimillion euro funding gap is resolved urgently.It is understood that unless (...)

Simon Hamilton of the DUP

The new DUP finance minister at Stormont has condemned violence surrounding a visit by Belfast’s Sinn Féin mayor to the Shankill area this week, but d(...)