Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers  Photograph: David Young/PA

Stormont ministers will hold a crunch meeting today in a bid to strike a deal on a hard hitting budget ahead of a deadline tomorrow.If the power-shari(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has called for a fresh round of intensive political talks in the region to address the budget problems and outstanding peace process disputes over flags, parades and the legacy of the past. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The British Treasury has been formally informed the Northern Ireland Executive is set to bust its budget.The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Serv(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)

Worker atop a wind turbine: wind energy is a strong part of the renewables sector in Ireland.  Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The UK government is considering opening its renewable energy subsidy scheme to power producers in Ireland and other countries.Overseas projects supp(...)

The Government’s data site is in its initial stages as Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin admitted in a meeting. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s new open-data portal is not yet where it would like it to be, Minister Brendan Howlin said in a Department of Public Expenditure and (...)

Undated handout photos of the eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot out with SAS soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station, County Armagh, in May 1987, (clockwise from top left) Gerard O’Callaghan, 29, Antony Gormley, 25, James Lynagh, 32, Eugene Kelly, 25, Declan Arthurs, 21, Patrick McKerney, 32, Seamus Donnelly, 21 and Patrick Kelly, 25. Photograph: PA Wire

A civil liberties body has stated that it will contest a decision by the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers to block a fresh inquest into the SAS kil(...)

Tours of  the Greenoge Wind Farm in Co Carlow and  Rahora Wind Farm in Tullogher, Co Kilkenny will take place over the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The wind energy industry is to hold a series of open days for the public this weekend to counter what they believe is damaging perceptions of wind tur(...)

Coca-Cola Life, a naturally-sweetened drink with a third less sugar but critics remain unimpressed.

Coca-Cola has announced plans to launch a new version of its bestselling soft drink with a third less sugar and a third fewer calories as part of gove(...)

A file handout photograph of Gareth Huntley who has not been seen since he went on a trek on  Tioman Island, off the south eastern coast of the Malaysian mainland, on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

The brother of a British man missing in the Malaysian jungle today urged the British government to ask local authorities to increase their efforts to (...)

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Construction group Sisk has won a €20 million-plus contract to build a laboratory for Britain’s Pirbright Institute which will conduct research into (...)