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 (...)

British prime minister David Cameron: Advanced a substantial £1.5bn package in an attempt to break the deadlock. Photograph: Reuters

The five Northern parties urged on by the British and Irish governments late last night appeared to be edging closer to a Christmas deal that could st(...)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “substantial progress” was made in Northern Ireland talks over the last 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Downing Street is now considering an agreed financial paper that could have the potential to end the impasse that is preventing a pre-Christmas agreem(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have kicked off  ‘crunch’ negotiations aimed at preventing the collapse of the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron were left in no doubt by the Northern parties that achieving a deal to stabilise the Sto(...)

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(...)

Minister of State  for Overseas Development Aid Seán Sherlock, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan and Erik Solheim of the OECD at the launch of a review of Ireland’s aid programme  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has been urged to set a date for fulfilling a pledge to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) to overseas developmen(...)

Tom Meagher and Mary Robinson photographed at a seminar organised by the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (ICGBV) today in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix.

“Women’s empowerment is vital to stop man-inflicted violence,” former president of Ireland Mary Robinson has told a seminar organised by the Irish Con(...)

The large number of young people living in today’s world has been said to present an opportunity to accelerate economic growth for decades to come. Photograph: Alan Betson

Every day 39,000 girls under 18 years will become child brides, while 36 per cent of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, according to th(...)

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(...)

An Ebola sign outside a home in West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia. Ireland has provided direct funding of almost €4 million for Ebola treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Photograph: EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Red tape has been blamed for hampering the efforts of Irish doctors to join the fight against Ebola as new figures show just a handful of the HSE’s 1(...)