US Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle: ‘There is absolutely no appetite in the United States for any sort of backsliding on the democratic institutions that exist and that a lot of sacrifice and effort went into creating.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A leader of the Friends of Ireland caucus in the US Congress has said the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan should not be used as a reason (...)

Enda Kenny said the Northern Ireland discussions  will begin next week. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have convened talks between the Northern Ireland parties to try and break the political (...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Minister of State Seán Sherlock and Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have discussed the crisis threatening the Stormont institutions as Dublin and London at(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Sinn Féin MLA has said that the party told Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that the British government should reject any suggestion of suspendin(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: “A collapse of the institutions will undoubtedly result in a vacuum.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When it was scheduled, the interview with Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was meant to be about other issues. Then a political crisis er(...)

Northern Ireland  First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and DUP North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds arrive at Downing Street, London, for a meeting with British PM David Cameron. Photograph: PA 2:44

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has said he will take “unilateral action” if the Assembly is not adjourned or suspended for at least fo(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded and gone away”. Mr Flanagan was responding to Sinn Féin(...)

The Democratic Unionists -  led by First Minister Peter Robinson - have been defeated in a bid for a four-week adjournment of the Northern Ireland Assembly to allow for political negotiations, a party spokesman said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. 2:44

The DUP leader Peter Robinson has called for the return of the Northern Assembly to be adjourned for four weeks to facilitate comprehensive talks that(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is holding talks in Dublin with Charlie Flanagan and Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

High-level talks are being held in Dublin and London today to determine if mechanisms can be devised that would protect the Northern Executive and (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)