First Minister Peter Robinson (right) speaks alongside Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland Assembly members have began the business of bringing some normality to Stormont politics following the agreement on Tuesday involving(...)

Theresa Villiers and Charlie Flanagan at the conclusion of extended talks. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have hailed the new Stormont deal agreed on Tuesday as an “important turning point” for (...)

Loyalist protestor outside Hillsborough during the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

1972 Under pressure both from Westminster and nationalists, and in the face of escalating violence, the Conservative British government ended the Stor(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: Dolores Kelly said he came through May’s election campaign with ‘dignity and forbearance’. Photograph: Alan Betson.

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has predicted that the “DUP-Sinn Féin junta” will cobble a deal together next week to “get them to the May election”(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin last May. In the Republic, 67% of respondents were  comfortable with a close member of their family marrying someone of the same sex.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A clear majority of people on both sides of the Border accept the principle of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey. The survey for BBC Nort(...)

The Northern Assembly for the first time has voted by a narrow majority in favour of same-sex marriage. The DUP, however, used a blocking mechanism to(...)

Jamie Bryson leaving Parliament Buildings in Belfast where he gave evidence to Stormont’s finance committee on the controversial sale of Nama’s NI assets to a US investor. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Project Eagle story dates back to June 2013, when DUP politician Sammy Wilson told the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that US lawyers Brown R(...)

Nama bought  £33 million debt from Bank of Ireland and sold it to Cerberus as part of Project Eagle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Belfast developer Gareth Graham has had detailed discussions with two US law enforcement agencies regarding the €1.6 billion sale of Nama’s Northern I(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams before entering talks on Monday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Why is Stormont yet again in crisis? For two reasons: over the status of the IRA following two recent killings in Belfast, and over British governmen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will be happy to conduct a live television debate with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will be happy to conduct a live television debate with Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin.  In so doing, Taoiseac(...)