Army bomb disposal experts are examining the suspect device found under a female soldier’s car. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal experts are examining a suspected explosive device found under a soldier’s car in Northern Ireland. It is understood a controlled e(...)

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(...)

Despite months of negative publicity about Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour has a better chance of forming a coalition.   Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Politics in Britain is now all about next May’s election and nothing else.Politicians left the houses of parliament in Westminster last evening to the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan said it was “important that all parties renew their focus”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he still believes there is time to reach agreement in the Northern talks by the end of the yea(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson is flanked by party members after the talks in Stormont where a dose of austerity medicine was all that was on offer. Photograph by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny offered a snappy explanation as to why he and British prime minister David Cameron so abruptly quit the Stormont talks yesterday (...)

The clear implication from all the Northern parties was that a generous injection of cash by London – talk was of £1 billion or so – would certainly s(...)

British prime minister David Cameron addresses the media before departing the cross party talks at Stormont this morning. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians must learn the days when the British Government “could pull a cheque-book from its pocket” to solve problems are over, Do(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

News that David Cameron and Enda Kenny were heading to Stormont has been known within political circles for the last week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

News that David Cameron and Enda Kenny were heading to Stormont has been known within political circles for the last week, but little information was (...)