The North’s Minister for Finance  Arlene Foster of the DUP (pictured with Peter Robinson)  plans to get everyone to pretend they have resolved the ongoing row over welfare reforms and agree a new budget – a real one that is. Photograph/Press Eye

Fans of fantasy football might be interested to hear that a new beautiful game is set to be launched in Northern Ireland next Tuesday. The as-yet unti(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executive. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, DUP leader Peter Robinson, has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executiv(...)

DUP Health Minister Jim Wells (left) at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Press Eye.

The DUP Westminster election campaign has been thrown into disorder after the party’s Minister for Health, Jim Wells, was forced to resign over remar(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the US government of behaving bizarrely after a meeting with a senior official in Washington DC was postponed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will now meet US State Department officials in Washington on St Patrick’s Day following confusion around whether the d(...)

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(...)