Theresa Villiers: agreement “
offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future
”. Photograph: PA

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Fla(...)

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 (...)

There is cautious optism that a fragile agreement can be put in place before Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach and British prime minister will arrive in Belfast for political negotiations on Thursday, but no one in the North is holding their brea(...)

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s call for immediate action on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest and lethal foetal abnormality was raised in Stormont. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has called for “immediate action” on a range of issues including new legislation to allow abortion in cas(...)

A bill has been published in the wake of the decision by the North’s Equality Commission to take a civil legal action against Ashers Baking Company for refusing to bake a cake  promoting same-sex marriage via the images of Bert and Ernie. Photograph: YouTube/Christian Institute

A DUP Assembly member has called for a “reasonable accommodation” between the rights of people not to be discriminated against and the right to freedo(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as ‘bastards’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as “bastards”.Amid tensions in the North between Si(...)

East Derry MP Gregory Campbell said Sinn Féin’s “dream of a 2016 united Ireland is now nothing short of an embarrassment”. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

The East Derry MP Gregory Campbell who recently lampooned the Irish language in the Northern Assembly with his “curry my yogurt, a can coca coalyer” c(...)

Former Scottish commissioner for children and young people Professor Kathleen Marshall holds her report on child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland in her office in Belfast. Photograph: PA

Up to 145 children in Northern Ireland are currently at risk of child sexual exploitation while the actual figure may be “significantly higher”, a new(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Junior minister Jennifer McCann outside Stormont: McCann  had said she learned of Maíria Cahill’s rape allegations a number of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The position of Jennifer McCann as Sinn Féin junior minister was “now untenable” following the IRA rape and interrogation allegations made by Maíri(...)