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 (...)

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was guarded but growing optimism in Belfast on Wednesday night that the DUP and Sinn Féin are close to a deal that would restore the Northern Ex(...)

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney joined Northern Secretary James Brokenshire for talks with the DUP and Sinn Féin at Stormont on Monday (...)

Four Catholic families in Cantrell Close, a mixed community housing development in Belfast, have left their homes after sectarian threats. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The North’s six main parties have come together to condemn sectarianism and call for a paramilitary threat against four Catholic families in south Bel(...)

In an interview due to be broadcast on RTÉ’s ‘Late Late Show’ on Friday, Hillary Clinton said she does not want to see peace process progress in Northern Ireland ‘lost’. File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Former US secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she is “worried” that progress made in Northern Ireland may be lost w(...)

European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt: met delegations from the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance at Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has said it is vital the peace process and the Belfast Agreement are further secured, during his(...)

Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin and Arlene Foster of the DUP: “We have ongoing conflict stalemate rather than conflict resolution, and how could it be otherwise when we don’t agree on the constitutional future?” File photographs: Getty Images

It’s now 20 years since David Trimble - and two minor unionist parties - entered the talks process that led to the Belfast Agreement. Everyone was pre(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Government’s position was  ‘there can be no British-only direct rule’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The British government has ruled out any move towards joint authority over Northern Ireland involving both the London and Dublin administrations if ta(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: “We can’t see this political impasse continuing much longer.” Photograph: PA Wire

The current political impasse in Northern Ireland cannot continue much longer, Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has warned after meeting the North(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire are to meet to five main parties in the North next week. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster made a “real effort” with her recent comments on the Irish language. His(...)