Theresa Villiers: agreement “
offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future
”. Photograph: PA

Agreement hailed as ‘monumental step forward’ by DUP leader Peter Robinson

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Collapse of institutions averted following pact between governments and parties

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

Parties conclude Stormont House Agreement after 26 hours of continuous talks

British prime minister David Cameron’s response to the request for a £2 billion financial package to seal a Stormont deal is “positive and generous”, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has said.

Northern Secretary says response of Cameron to £2bn package request ‘generous’

 Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson: noted that the longer the talks went on, the “crankier” politicians became. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Success of negotiations may eventually come down to how much offered by British PM

British prime minister David Cameron: Advanced a substantial £1.5bn package in an attempt to break the deadlock. Photograph: Reuters

British PM David Cameron puts £1.5bn package on table to get parties over line

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron are hoping to strike a pre-Christmas deal in the North. Photographs:  Julien Warnard/EPA

Both governments and North’s main parties in final talks to strike a pre-Christmas deal

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: talks at a “crunch point”. Photograph: Arthur Allison

NI Secretary Theresa Villiers reticent on whether Downing Street likely to accept plan

Minister of Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said that “substantial progress” was made in Northern Ireland talks over the last 24 hours. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Talks at ‘crunch time’, says Villiers, who refuses to predict if Downing Street will accept paper

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