DUP finance minister Arlene Foster. Ms Foster is to press ahead with a ‘fantasy budget’ in the North despite the refusal of Sinn Féin and the SDLP to sign up to its welfare reform element. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The North’s finance minister Arlene Foster is to present a budget in the Stormont Assembly next week despite the fact that Sinn Féin and the SDLP are(...)

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 (...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs (left to right) Sammy Wilson, Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson their General Election results at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jeffrey Donaldson has increased his stranglehold in the Lagan Valley constituency he has held since 1997. The DUP politican’s majority rose by 2,500 t(...)

A group of families whose loved ones have died in violent or unsolved circumstances has travelled to Brussels to raise their cases with MEPs after lo(...)

Northern Ireland justice minister David Ford condemned the attack and said it put the lives of local people at risk. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Probation offices in Derry have been damaged in an overnight explosion.British army bomb disposal experts are examining a second device near the scen(...)

Jeffrey Dudgeon: “I knew all about homosexuality, and by my midteens I had ascertained that fact about myself”

In his tweed hat, grey overcoat and horn-rimmed glasses, Jeffrey Dudgeon looks the picture of respectability. That’s because he is respectable: at 65,(...)

A proposal to outlaw the purchasing of sex is among a number of clauses in Lord Morrow’s Private Member’s Bill aimed at amending Northern Ireland’s laws on trafficking and prostitution. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

A legislative bid to ban paying for sex in Northern Ireland has passed its final stage in the Stormont Assembly. The region will become the first part(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and UK prime minister David Cameron have been given interim reports on the progress of talks between the five main Stormont parties. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have urged Stormont’s politicians to strive for agreement as the on-going talks process (...)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is examining allegations of misuse of expenses by Stormont Assembly members.The allegations, arising from a BB(...)

The  bomb attack happened at 12.45am this morning near the Holy Cross Church (above) in Belfast, sparking a security alert for several hours. The PSNI blamed dissident republicans.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An explosive device thrown at police officers early this morning near a Catholic church in Northern Ireland was designed to kill, a senior commander (...)