Talks remain deadlocked on a number of issues, but chiefly over the Irish language. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are coming under increased pressure to get involved directly in the Stormont talks. Nor(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (centre) with her negotiating team at Stormont Castle. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA.

DUP leader Arlene Foster accused Sinn Féin of wanting to assert “cultural supremacy” in Northern Ireland as the deadlock in talks on forming a new pow(...)

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire is due to outline the British government’s next move in the House of Commons in the afternoon. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP remained deadlocked on key issues on Sunday night as Northern Secretary James Brokenshire decides whether to allow the Northern (...)

Britain’s secretary of state for the environment Michael Gove. Photograph: Reuters

British environment secretary Michael Gove has denied the Tories’ controversial £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up th(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and the party’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill join demonstrators demanding equal marriage legislation at an event in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he does not believe there will be a deal done with the DUP to restore powersharing government in the North by(...)

 James Brokenshire, Northern Secretary,    and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs, admitted  the game was up shortly before lunchtime on Thursday  outside Stormont Castle. Photograph: EPA

Another day, another deadline stretched in Northern Ireland. No surprise there. In the North, deadlines are notoriously elastic creations, even if(...)

Talks extended into Thursday morning but there was no breakthrough ahead of today’s deadline. Photograph: PA

The UK Government has announced negotiations to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland will be allowed to extend until Monday, despite Stormont part(...)

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots  speaks to members of the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland,  June 28th, 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Intensive efforts were continuing at Stormont late on Wednesday night to break the political deadlock between Sinn Féin and the DUP ahead of Thursday’(...)

Sinn Féin’s chairman Declan Kearney addresses the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle with Carál Ní Chuilín and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Photograph: EPA

Negotiations to salvage powersharing in Northern Ireland are set to continue as parties mount a last-ditch effort to strike a deal ahead of Thursday’s(...)

Sinn Féin’s  Declan Kearney, Gerry Adams and Niall O Donnghaile at Stormont. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Sinn Féin and the DUP remained locked in disagreement over a proposed Irish language act and other issues as talks aimed at reinstating the Northern E(...)