Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen to be dancing to the tune of Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s a Vladimir Putin style of macho competitive politics sometimes played within unionism. Which means that Peter Robinson won’t want to be seen t(...)

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly last night said that there was no Provisional IRA involvement in the killing of Kevin McGuigan. He made the comments as t(...)

 Stormont  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The DUP has called talks on barring Sinn Féin from the Assembly  after the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast was linked  to the Provisional IRA. File  photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked his death to the Provisional IRA. Detec(...)

Kevin McGuigan was shot dead outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast on  August 12th.

A senior PSNI officer leading the investigation into the murder of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast has linked the killing to the Provisional IRA. Det (...)

 Nama chairman Frank Daly: told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee he would not give evidence to the Stormont inquiry.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) is to take the lead role in investigating allegations of corruption relating to the sale of the National Asset Man(...)

 Mick Wallace. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Northern Ireland Assembly’s finance committee will hold a meeting to consider allegations £7 million was lying in an account reportedly destined f(...)

A French appeals court has ruled a German firm  does not have to compensate more than 1,000 French women fitted with  leak-prone PIP implants, overturning a lower court decision. The earlier  decision had led lawyers to claim Irish women could receive in compensation arising from  damage after their silicone gel implants were found unsafe.   File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The compensation hopes of thousands of Irish women who were fitted with faulty breast implants have been dealt a legal blow. A French appeals court ha(...)

NI Finance Minister  Arlene Foster.  Her first budget has cross-party support.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s proposed “fantasy budget”, which won cross party support on Wednesday in Stormont, will buy the Executive “a little breathing space(...)

The Tricolour and another unsanctioned flag flying over Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Photograph: Winston Irvine/PUP/PA Wire

The PSNI and the Northern Assembly are investigating how for the first time the Tricolour was hoisted over Parliament Buildings at Stormont. The green(...)