Ahead of the Tour of North parade the Orange Order lost a High Court bid to overturn conditions imposed by the Parades Commission including not being allowed to play songs within “earshot” of St Patrick’s Church. Photograph: Reuters

The first major parade of the North’s marching season has passed off peacefully in Belfast. The bands involved in the Orange Order’s annual Tour of th(...)

The SDLP said they have deep concerns that the DUP is attempting to influence the Tory British bill of rights to create a “right to parade” in exchange for support for their slim Commons majority. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has intervened in the debate over a British pledge to scrap its Human Rights Act by stressing that Dubli(...)

Windsor House in Belfast is thought to be ripe for a revamp.

The tallest commercial building in Ireland has been sold for £6.5 million (€9 million) by a Nama-appointed receiver.Hastings Hotels, which co-owns the(...)

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over their stance on welfare reform in the North

Alliance party leader David Ford said blame will lie with Sinn Féin, the SDLP and the Green Party if the Stormont House Agreement “falls apart” over t(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for a fresh comprehensive process to try to resolve the annual Twelfth of July frequently violent parad(...)

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 Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

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

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Peter Robinson said he felt like a “marathon runner who at the end of 20-odd miles has the stadium in sight”. But, in the same breath, he added: “Whet(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: Advanced a substantial £1.5bn package in an attempt to break the deadlock. Photograph: Reuters

The five Northern parties urged on by the British and Irish governments late last night appeared to be edging closer to a Christmas deal that could st(...)

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 (...)