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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire was meeting the five main Northern parties at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry has called for an independent mediator to be appointed to help find a way through the impasse that is blockin(...)

Irish-language campaigners dressed in crocodile costumes outside a DUP MLA’s office in Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

As long as there was an IRA campaign of violence on this island, there was a large section of the Catholic nationalist community, North and South, who(...)

 Delia Close, former Assembly members June Morrice and Monica McWilliams, Baroness May Blood  Pearl Sagar, who was one of the negotiators during the peace talks, who were involved in the  Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in the 1990s. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The role of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC) in helping to bring peace to the region in the late 1990s is being explored in a new BBC do(...)

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(...)

A Tribe Called Quest on the Main Stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A Tribe Called Quest Main Stage **** Linden Boulevard saw the genesis. The funky road through Queens where A Tribe Called Quest first fused and th(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster making proposals for the return of power-sharing. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, at the end of a four-day trip to Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening, was asked if the talks aimed at rein(...)