Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Storm Ophelia caused significant disruption in Northern Ireland with some 18,500 households left without power, while schools, universities and severa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May discussed the latest talks setback by phone on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May have said it is up to the DUP and Sinn Féin to resolve their differences to get the Nort(...)

Bill Clinton was due to make a surprise visit to Belfast on Monday to try to encourage the DUP and Sinn Féin to end the political deadlock. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland was battening down the hatches as it prepared for the arrival of heavy storm conditions expected in the early afternoon. Schools and(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ardfheis speech was symbolic of the crisis of conscience Fianna Fáil is enduring. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil may tell you they are buoyed and ready for an election but the mood in the RDS this weekend told its own story. Ask any of the 4,000 dele(...)

Arlene Foster’s DUP has said while it is committed to reaching an agreement there is no immediate prospect of a deal. Photograph:  AFP

The Democratic Unionist Party has ruled out any immediate return of the powersharing Executive at Stormont. In a blow to the British and Irish gover(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Rather like the Republic’s game against Wales on Monday, the DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly have reached a (...)

Micheál Martin: he dominates Fianna Fáil but does not control it absolutely. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

For most of his leadership of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin privately accepted that he would be the first leader of his party never to serve as taoiseac(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin initially said he would support President Michael D. Higgins if he chose to stand for the office again. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil members have voted overwhelmingly against entering any coalition government with Sinn Féin. The party passed a motion at its ard fheis on(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader has  supported his party’s calls to reduce the construction industry Vat rates. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to propose severe sanctions for developers who continuously hoard land at his party’s ard fheis this weekend. In(...)

 Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath: “The people who are affected want to see a roadmap back to being treated equally based on their contributions.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to set out a “roadmap” to deal with an anomaly in the pension scheme that sees thousands of women losing out on payments, Fianna (...)