Theresa  Villiers said there was still  time to try to break  political deadlock in Stormont while indicating that ultimately she may take over control of welfare.   File photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has refused to rule out the British government taking over responsibility for welfare from the Northern Executive (...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

Northern Secretary, Theresa Villiers said the Stormont House Agreement must be enforced. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outgoing Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called on Northern politicians to press forward and implement the Stormont House Agreement. As the No(...)

Northern Ireland DUP finance minister Simon Hamilton has warned continuing cutbacks in financial allocations from Westminster will create major financial challenges for the Executive. Photograph: PA

The North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton has presented his final £10 billion 2015-2016 budget, which became possible because of the Christmas (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron are hoping to strike a pre-Christmas deal in the North. Photographs:  Julien Warnard/EPA

A response is expected from British prime minister David Cameron to a £2 billion financial package request from the Northern Executive’s five parties(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: will hold out the carrot of the Northern Executive having corporation tax-setting powers if a deal is done. Photograph: EPA

The Stormont negotiations designed to reach agreement on a range of issues are now at a “crucial stage”, said British prime minister David Cameron as (...)

Iris Robinson and husband First Minister Peter Robinson in 2008. Photograph: AP Photo/ Peter Morrison, file

Irisgate: it was the affair that gripped everyone and almost brought down the Northern Executive and Assembly; the long-running story that came close (...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell  issued his  demand following talks in Stormont aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the future of the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have called on the British government to provide the necessary funding to deal with the past.Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly and SDLP(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and DUP Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton address the media after a draft budget for 2015 was agreed one day before the Treasury-imposed deadline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The North’s finance Minister Simon Hamilton in presenting a draft budget in the Assembly today has warned of swingeing cuts to the Northern Executive (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)