Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson arrives at the course Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Clubafter he was discharged from hospital yesterday, four days after suffering a suspected heart attack. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson is attending the Irish Open golf tournament at Royal Co Down after being hospitalised for a heart con(...)

DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

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(...)

Gerard “Jock” Davison died in the Markets area earlier this month. His killer shot him from behind before discharging four more rounds into his head. File photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

An unusual Eastern European-made gun was used to shoot an ex-IRA commander dead in Belfast. Gerard “Jock” Davison died in the Markets area earlier thi(...)

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(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: underwent procedure at the Ulster Hospital. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson is being assessed in a Belfast hospital after undergoing a procedure for a heart condition. Mr R(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson  and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  together in St Patrick’s Church in Belfast on May 21st, 2015, days before Mr Robinson was taken ill. They made the church visit during the recent trip to Ireland  by the Prince of Wales. Photograph: Adam Gerrard/Daily Mirror/PA Wire

With a reputation as an unforgiving negotiator with ice in his veins, Peter Robinson is viewed as a hardline leader of the DUP.The former estate agent(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital with a suspected heart condition. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson could be facing a night in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.Mr Robinson (66), underw(...)