Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton:  “No budget would have meant no Stormont.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire.

The sub-text of what the North’s Minister of Finance, Simon Hamilton of the DUP, was saying in his budget statement to the Assembly was that now is th(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne was accused of “breathtaking arrogance” by Sinn Féin. Photograph: Reuters/UK Parliament

Northern Ireland will be given historic freedoms to set its own corporation tax rates, if politicians there can agree Stormont’s budget, leaving Sinn(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivers his autumn statement.

The British government will pass Westminster legislation to give Northern Ireland powers over corporation tax before next May, but only if politica(...)

DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton wants less politicians and civil servants operating at Stormont. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The DUP Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton has proposed a “national reform plan for Northern Ireland” that would see a reduction in both the number of(...)

Simon Hamilton: wants to create the first Northern Ireland Investment Fund to inject millions of pounds into communities and create local business opportunities and new jobs.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Too early for Christmas wish lists? Not according to the North’s Finance Minister who has a new £1 billion (€1.25 billion) investment fund at the top (...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: warned there could be no unionist MP in Belfast following next May’s general election. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has called for an electoral pact with the DUP for next May’s British general election to try to maximise uni(...)

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance, Northern Executive

The North’s finance Minister Simon Hamilton hopes a positive decision on devolving corporation tax powers to the Northern Executive will be made withi(...)

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne at the Google EMEA  Headquarters in Dublin. The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to borrow £100 million from the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to borrow £100 million from the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer as a stop gap to avert an impending budget cr(...)