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(...)

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating complaints against Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells which are believed to have been made by a l(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson speaks at the launch of the Democratic Unionist Party Election Manifesto at Wrightbus, supplier of the London Routemaster buses on April 21, 2015 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader Peter Robinson has called on Northern voters in the Westminster general election to grasp a “once in a lifetime opportunity to put Northern(...)

Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness during the launch of the party’s General Election manifesto in Dungannon, CoTyrone on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland should be allowed to remain in Europe should Britain vote to exit the European Union, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness said today wh(...)

Sinn Féin’s Arder Carson: Elected as the first Lord Mayor of Northern Ireland’s newest and biggest council

Northern Ireland on Wednesday witnesses the biggest overhaul of local government in more than 40 years with the formal creation of 11 “super” councils(...)