Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers made her comments against a backdrop of concern that a £600 million budget deficit that the Northern Executive is likely to face this autumn could lead to its suspension. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for continued engagement between the Northern parties while appearing to rule out comprehensive Br(...)

The list of people and businesses the Northern Assembly finance committee wants to hear evidence from about Mick Wallace’s Nama allegations provides its own narrative about this complex case.

The list of people and businesses the Northern Assembly finance committee wants to hear evidence from about Mick Wallace’s Nama allegations provides i(...)

The Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate in Belfast. Photograph: PA/Paul Faith.

The North Assembly’s finance committee is due to meet tomorrow in emergenecy session to consider allegations by TD Mick Wallace that £7 million was lo(...)

Well-known Belfast law firm Tughans said Ian Coulter (above) was involved in the sale by Nama last year of a portfolio of loans with a nominal value of €5.7 billion, which were sold for €1.6 billion.

One of the leading business figures in Northern Ireland, Ian Coulter, was named on Friday as the partner who left a Belfast law firm in a dispute over(...)

Sinn Fein party colleagues Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Conor Murphy announce that Sinn Féin will back Stormont’s so-called ‘fantasy budget’ in an attempt to buy time to find a solution on welfare. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The possibility of the collapse of the Stormont institutions has been put back after Sinn Féin decided it would conditionally endorse the so-called “f(...)

 DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster has been  given permission to accelerate the passage of the budget Bill through the Northern Assembly so that it could become law by the end of July. File photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown /PA Wire

The Stormont finance committee has given DUP Minister for Finance Arlene Foster the go-ahead to begin rushing her so-called “fantasy” or provisional b(...)

The Tricolour and another unsanctioned flag flying over Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Photograph: Winston Irvine/PUP/PA Wire

The PSNI and the Northern Assembly are investigating how for the first time the Tricolour was hoisted over Parliament Buildings at Stormont. The green(...)

 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(...)

Gareth Lee, a gay rights activist, after leaving Laganside Courts after a judge ruled in his favour and against the Christian-run bakery Ashers. Photograph: Getty Images

The battleground – a cake topped with iced replicas of Bert and Ernie – makes it a case ripe for ridicule and bad puns, but the challenge against a Be(...)

All DUP members  present voted against the motion, including First Minister and party leader Peter Robinson. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has again voted to reject legalising same sex marriage. The Democratic Unionist Party had used its numbers to block the Sinn Féi(...)