First Minister Peter Robinson and North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

A fresh attempt to provide political stability at Stormont began on Tuesday evening with the Ulster Unionists insisting they would only partially enga(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers flies to Washington today to update politicians and prominent Irish-Americans. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

The public relations battle over who is chiefly responsible for the political deadlock caused by the welfare reform dispute has crossed the Atlantic(...)

Martin McGuinness: wants the US administration to intervene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is travelling to Washington today to urge the US administration to assist in breaking the deadlock t(...)

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 (...)