Theresa Villiers: agreement “
offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future
”. Photograph: PA

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Fla(...)

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 (...)

Politicians  at Stormont after agreement on a range of disputes that had undermined powersharing in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Stormont House Agreement, as it has been called, was agreed after a 12-week process, a few setbacks and a marathon continuous final session that (...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s response to the request for a £2 billion financial package to seal a Stormont deal is “positive and generous”, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said.

Northern Ireland’s political leaders remained locked in negotiations on Monday night as a deadline for reaching a deal on edged closer.Talks between t(...)

Chief executive Patrick Coveney said the sandwich maker was operating in a highly competitive sector and that its pay rates were in line with industry norms.

Up to a third of workers at Greencore’s UK plants at certain times of the year are paid at or close to the minimum wage.Most are agency staff, who are(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron are hoping to strike a pre-Christmas deal in the North. Photographs:  Julien Warnard/EPA

A response is expected from British prime minister David Cameron to a £2 billion financial package request from the Northern Executive’s five parties(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: talks at a “crunch point”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

The North’s five main parties have asked British prime minister David Cameron for a £2 billion (€2.55 billion) financial package over 10 years to pers(...)

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “substantial progress” was made in Northern Ireland talks over the last 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Downing Street is now considering an agreed financial paper that could have the potential to end the impasse that is preventing a pre-Christmas agreem(...)

Seán McCarthy, who took the case, with his Colombian-born wife Helena Patricia McCarthy Rodriguez and daughters Natasha and Khloe. Photograph: PA

The UK cannot require non-EU citizens married to an EU citizen and living legally in another EU state to get a visa before they can travel to the UK, (...)

The British government has made obtaining greater national control of migration from the rest of the EU a key objective. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The European Union’s supreme court told Britain on Thursday that it could no longer require entry visas in advance for non-EU citizens who are family (...)