Mike Nesbitt’s decision to pull a UUP Minister  out of the Executive exacerbated the sense of crisis. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After the political maelstrom of the past week and the sense that the powersharing bodies could be blown apart in the tumult, Northern Ireland’s po(...)

 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers to determine if the collapse of the Stormont powersharing institutions can be prevented. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers will meet Government Ministers in Dublin next week to determine if the collapse of the Stormo(...)

 DUP delegation, including Nigel Dodds, after a meeting  regarding the  row over the Provisional IRA. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Political Staff in Stormont Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers does not believe “business as usual” is possible at Stormont as the row over the Pro(...)

Stephen Farry was speaking after an Alliance delegation met Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers at Stormont on Thursday. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) or a new organisation set up to monitor paramilitary activity in the North could help to assess the curre(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers does not believe “business as usual” is possible at Stormont as the row over the Provisional IRA continues, accordi(...)

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(...)

The UUP leader is removing its Minister, Danny Kennedy from the Northern Executive because of its concerns over the Kevin McGuigan murder. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The future of the Stormont power-sharing institutions was cast into further doubt on Wednesday after Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt announc(...)

Senior Republican Bobby Storey (right) listens to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton  at a debate. “Perhaps most extraordinary is the statement by . . . Hamilton that although the IRA is illegal, its continuing existence has been good for the peace process.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

When the late Rev Ian Paisley wanted to signal a political crisis he bellowed and roared and issued dire warnings. (Though we have just learned that w(...)

Belfast-headquartered UTV Media group confirmed yesterday it is in discussions with a view to a potential sale of its television assets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Anyone in the North with a spare £100 million (€136m) to spend this week might want to take a close look at Northern Ireland’s only home-grown tele(...)