First Minister Peter Robinson and North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

A fresh attempt to provide political stability at Stormont began on Tuesday evening with the Ulster Unionists insisting they would only partially enga(...)

The British government will take over responsibility for welfare if the Stormont parties can’t agree on the issue, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers flies to Washington today to update politicians and prominent Irish-Americans. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

The public relations battle over who is chiefly responsible for the political deadlock caused by the welfare reform dispute has crossed the Atlantic(...)

Martin McGuinness: wants the US administration to intervene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is travelling to Washington today to urge the US administration to assist in breaking the deadlock t(...)

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has told Sinn Féin that if it hasn’t got the “guts to govern” it should stand aside from the Northern Executive. Photograph: PA.

The DUP First Minister Peter Robinson has told Sinn Féin that if it hasn’t got the “guts to govern” it should stand aside from the Northern Executive.(...)

 Theresa Villiers, who met senior representatives from the DUP, Sinn Féin, the SDLP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance at Stormont today. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Talks between the Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and the North’s five main parties concluded today without agreement on how to break the deadlo(...)

Northern Secretary, Theresa Villiers said the Stormont House Agreement must be enforced. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Outgoing Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has called on Northern politicians to press forward and implement the Stormont House Agreement. As the No(...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers has said the British government “fully recognises” the sensitivities surrounding the decision not to have a British royal presence at the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary of state for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers has said the British government “fully recognises” the sensitivities surrounding the deci(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton:  “No budget would have meant no Stormont.” Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire.

The sub-text of what the North’s Minister of Finance, Simon Hamilton of the DUP, was saying in his budget statement to the Assembly was that now is th(...)

Northern Ireland DUP finance minister Simon Hamilton has warned continuing cutbacks in financial allocations from Westminster will create major financial challenges for the Executive. Photograph: PA

The North’s Minister for Finance Simon Hamilton has presented his final £10 billion 2015-2016 budget, which became possible because of the Christmas (...)

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