Chairman of the Renewable Heat Incentive  inquiry Patrick Coghlin speaks about its revised timetable at the latest preliminary hearing of the inquiry at Stormont. Photograph: PA Wire

The start of an inquiry into an ill-fated green energy scheme that triggered the collapse of powersharing in Northern Ireland has been delayed. The R(...)

 Rev Norman Hamilton: “There is deep disillusionment with the vanishing hope devolution produced.” File photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

With a question mark still hanging over the restoration of the powersharing Executive in Northern Ireland and an end to a unionist majority in the rec(...)

DUP position: Arlene Foster with Nigel Dodds and Simon Hamilton at Stormont this month. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has said the Northern Ireland Secretary’s threat to cut MLA salaries was not an incentive (...)

Leo Varadkar on the cover of Time magazine’s Europe edition

June 14th: Leo Varadkar elected Taoiseach by the Dáil and receives his seals of office from President Michael D Higgins. There is controversy as Fiann(...)

Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill have appealed to Mike Pence for help in addressing a “very grave economic threat” to Bombardier’s Northern Ireland workforce. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

The leaders of the North’s two main political parties have jointly written to the vice-president of the United States to warn him of the “alarming” th(...)

 Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP moved closer to re-establishing the Northern Executive on Wednesday night, after pressure from the Irish and British government(...)

Sinn Féin’s leader in the North Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

There is enough progress in informal contacts between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party for a formal attempt to re-establish the Northern Ir(...)

Gerry Adams, president,  Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader and Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Féin Northern Ireland at the party think-in. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Like a television soap opera that promises a dramatic conclusion but leaves you hanging until the next episode, the question of the Sinn Féin leadersh(...)

Eight months after the collapse of the Northern Executive, the prospect of an immediate deal that would resolve the stand-off between Sinn Féin and th(...)