Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) at Stormont where he said there will be no further routine meetings of the power-sharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Talks aimed at securing the future of Stormont begin on Tuesday against a background of recrimination after the DUP said it would boycott meetings (...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: Theresa Villiers making a “huge mistake” by her welfare threat. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties against a backdrop of crisis over the status of the IRA and welfare reform deadloc(...)

The decision by the British Government to threaten to impose welfare cuts in Northern Ireland unilaterally has been opposed by the Government, Ministe(...)

The British government will take over responsibility for welfare if the Stormont parties can’t agree on the issue, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Time for “constructive ambiguity” in relation to issues such as the existence of the IRA were long past. Photograph: The Irish Times

Democratic politicians must dissociate themselves fully from paramilitary organisations, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in Cambridge on Friday night. M(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers  and  Minister  for Foreign Afairs Charlie Flanagan:  they met in England at the weekend to discuss the impact of divisive issues such as welfare reform and parading on the future of the Stormont administration.   Photograph:  Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

The Irish and British governments have agreed that in the coming weeks it is “absolutely essential” that the Northern parties devise a “comprehensive(...)

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton who said the status quo in Northern Ireland is simply not an option. Photograph: Reuters

The British and Irish governments should become involved if Northern Ireland politicians fail to deal with the past, the PSNI chief constable George H(...)