Drew Nelson: accused nationalists and republicans of “holding a veto over progress”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Orange Order has used its annual Drumcree parade and church service in Portadown to call for new parading legislation. Grand secretary of the Gra(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan who attended the battle of the Somme anniversary in Belfast on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan on Wednesday attended the battle of the Somme anniversary in Belfast, the first senior Minister from the(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the Government will closely study today’s judgment by the High Court in Belfast on the case of (...)

Sinn Fein party colleagues Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Conor Murphy announce that Sinn Féin will back Stormont’s so-called ‘fantasy budget’ in an attempt to buy time to find a solution on welfare. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The possibility of the collapse of the Stormont institutions has been put back after Sinn Féin decided it would conditionally endorse the so-called “f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reported collusion between British forces and loyalist paramilitaries is to be discussed at a meeting between the Taoiseach and the British prime mi(...)

 DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster has been  given permission to accelerate the passage of the budget Bill through the Northern Assembly so that it could become law by the end of July. File photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown /PA Wire

The Stormont finance committee has given DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster the go-ahead to begin rushing her so-called “fantasy” or provisional b(...)

 DUP finance minister Arlene Foster. Ms Foster is to press ahead with a ‘fantasy budget’ in the North despite the refusal of Sinn Féin and the SDLP to sign up to its welfare reform element. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The North’s finance minister Arlene Foster is to present a budget in the Stormont Assembly next week despite the fact that Sinn Féin and the SDLP are(...)

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(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: “The situation looks increasingly grim. No resolution was found at this afternoon’s meeting and time is running out.” Photograph: David Young/PA

Talks aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly concluded at Stormont on Tuesday evening with the British g(...)

 The DUP’s Arlene Foster, leader Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds hold a press conference outside Stormont Castle on the way into  talks in Belfast on Tuesday, June 2nd,  involving  the UK and Irish governments and leaders of the five Executive parties being convened in a bid to find a way to save the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The brinkmanship battle over the future of the Stormont institutions was ratcheted up on Tuesday with Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers offering a b(...)