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(...)

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 (...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire  said that clear differences remained between the DUP and Sinn Fein, and that a deal has not been reached despite recent progress.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire and Sinn Féin have warned that a number of issues still remain to be resolved before a DUP-Sinn Fein deal is stru(...)

 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 (...)

Arlene Foster:  “What we can’t see happening is the Gaelicisation of areas where there is no desire or demand for the Irish language.” Photograph: Getty Images

The British and Irish governments are this week expecting to hear from the DUP and Sinn Féin on whether they can strike a deal to bring back the North(...)

His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom: “I was a proponent of leave for your sake, for my kids’ sake, for the next generation.” Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Sitting in the Youth Zone at the Conservative conference in Manchester with Andrea Leadsom and her mother, it was hard to escape the conclusion that t(...)

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Efforts to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly are coming to a “critical” stage, Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill said at (...)