DUP ministers Arlene Foster, Simon Hamilton, Jonathan Bell and Michelle McIlveen after an Executive meeting at Storming Castle as Northern Ireland’s  ministers fail to agree a budget for public spending for next year. Photograph: PA

The Northern Executive has failed to agree a budget for the rest of this financial year with most Ministers also conceding that they have no notion of(...)

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 (...)

Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory  apologises to the three women who were “let down” by the North’s Public Prosecution Service

“That’s a fair description,” said Barra McGrory when asked if his Public Prosecution Service’s handling of the Maíria Cahill sex abuse and IRA interro(...)

Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory apologises to three woman who accused an alleged IRA member of abusing them as children,  after a damning report criticised how  the  prosecution was handled at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty/The Irish Times

Maíria Cahill has called on Sinn Féin to accept the findings of Sir Keir Starmer QC and to apologise to her. Ms Cahill said she welcomed and ac(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt will be putting mental health and wellbeing at the top of his agenda for Monday’s meeting with David Cameron.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to focus on mental health and wellbeing issues during a meeting with David Cameron at Downing Street on M(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executive. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, DUP leader Peter Robinson, has carried out a significant reshuffle of DUP ministerial posts in the North’s Executiv(...)

DUP Leader Peter Robinson celebrates with MPs  Nigel Dodds and Gavin Robinson at the Kings Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

With the Westminster election over the challenge in Northern Ireland is to make politics work. The man of the moment is Peter Robinson. The policies t(...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)

Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.  Mr Clegg announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats after a dismal election performance. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Election enthusiasts and social media users had barely settled into their seats on Thursday night when the arrival of exit poll projections dashed (...)