Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers is holding talks in Dublin with Charlie Flanagan and Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

High-level talks are being held in Dublin and London today to determine if mechanisms can be devised that would protect the Northern Executive and (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: has had a rough year, personally and politically. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

In Dublin and in London there is relief that Peter Robinson can still summon the energy on his return from holidays to make one last stab at trying to(...)

  Mary Lou McDonald: “There is nowhere for people to hide now; there is nobody in Sinn Féin holding a candle for anybody who carries out a brutal attack such as murder.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald, has said it is not the job of her party to solve crime. Ms McDonald said politicians north and south of (...)

Sinn Féin “are organised nationally. We are scrutinised North and south. In the North, there is a legal obligation to publish your annual accounts,” said Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin is the most scrutinised party in Ireland, according to deputy leader has Mary Lou McDonald. Ms McDonald said those suggesting Sinn Féin is (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has called the decision by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) to leave the Northern Ireland Executive dishonest, saying “exiting the field of play” was not a tactically clever first option.

First Minister Peter Robinson is to meet the British prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday to discuss the crisis caused by the PSNI assessment that (...)

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh will meet an Aran Islands delegation on Tuesday over his decision to award the State’s air service cont(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Sinn Féin has a particular responsibility to assist a solution.

The British and Irish governments will this week make a determined effort to ascertain whether the DUP and Sinn Féin can arrive at a political arrange(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it seemed clear to him that a solution would not be found within Northern Ireland and that some form of talks involving both governments would be required. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has indicated the Irish and British governments will need to become involved in negotiations to resolve t(...)

‘The quota will rise to 40 per cent seven years after the upcoming general election.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I was taken aback by the sheer number of accomplished and inspiring women gathered in the one place. Perhaps others who attended the Beijing20 confere(...)