British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has described as “strange” the failure of the Northern Ireland Executive and Cerberus (...)

(Left - right) Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, former MP Michelle Gildernew, vice president Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness outside the Palace of Westminster in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have urged British prime minister David Cameron to provide Stormont with a “workable” budget in or(...)

An anti-fox hunting protester holds a smoke flare outside the Houses of Parliament in London. The British government has a postponed a vote on fox-hunting until after the summer break. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The Scottish National Party’s decision to vote against plans to relax England’s fox-hunting laws directly contradicts declarations made by the Scott(...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of s(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: opponents argue he is trying to end the outright ban on fox-hunting by deceit. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Scottish National Party (SNP) MPs will today vote against plans to soften the 10-year-old ban on fox-hunting in England, in a move likely to fuel Con(...)

Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans to force through changes to House of Commons rules that would deny full voting rights to(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: “This budget will usher in billions of further cuts targeted against the most vulnerable in society.”

The two parties most fiercely opposed to the current welfare arrangements in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein and the SDLP, have issued scathing responses (...)

Nicola Sturgeon: “There is no question the great disrespect shown to Scotland in these proposals is likely to have more people asking whether Westminster is capable of representing Scotland’s interests at all.” Photograph:  Tony Kinlan

The British government’s plans to give English MPs a veto over legislation that is designated as affecting England only could encourage more Scots t(...)

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The British government’s demand for major spending cuts in Northern Ireland is now a greater threat to the peace process than dissident republicans, N(...)