Under the terms of the Stormont House Agreement the devolution of corporation tax powers is inextricably linked to new welfare changes in the North. Photograph: Eric Luke

New evidence has emerged that potential overseas investors are “deferring, sometimes permanently” decisions about the North because of the uncertaint(...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

Theresa  Villiers said there was still  time to try to break  political deadlock in Stormont while indicating that ultimately she may take over control of welfare.   File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has refused to rule out the British government taking over responsibility for welfare from the Northern Executive (...)

 Minister for Finance Arlene Foster  warned that rejection of the welfare proposals would create an unsustainable £604 million (€854 million) deficit in the Stormont budget. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Northern Assembly last night blocked the final passage of the welfare Bill, triggering a potential crisis that could bring down the Stormont in(...)

  Minister for Finance Arlene Foster,  the DUP’s Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson: Sinn Feín is leading the charge against the welfare change with the SDLP.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

There was considerable public and indeed political sympathy with the comment of Alliance Assembly member Stewart Dickson yesterday when he referred(...)

Peter Robinson underwent a procedure for a heart condition on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The DUP pressed ahead with the final stage of the welfare reform bill today despite concerns that it will precipitate a crisis that would jeopardise t(...)

The Prince of Wales meets Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA wire

Prince Charles maintained the theme of healing and reconciliation when he visited Belfast yesterday, engaging in a public handshake with Martin McGui(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan has said that  the Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the  issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its government presents a formal plan. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the three “pivotal” issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its(...)

Charlie Flanagan: will raise issue with Theresa Villiers

The fundamental role of human rights in guaranteeing peace in Northern Ireland must be fully respected, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has warned. T(...)