The North South Ministerial Council meeting was postponed so talks at Stormont could continue. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

The North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting planned for Armagh on Friday was postponed so that talks aimed at safeguarding the future of the No(...)

Stormont’s Parliament Buildings illuminated in red for Armistice Day on Wednesday. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA

The British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties have been unable to conclude a political deal on Thursday, as was hoped would happ(...)

British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers: she has been resisting demands for more finance to lighten the effects of welfare cuts. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The British and Irish governments and Northern Ireland’s main parties were last night attempting to resolve two outstanding issues in order to achiev(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A State-wide ban on the sale and use of bituminous or “smoky” coal is expected to be announced by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly on Monday. T(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused  of demeaning the office of Taoiseach with his comments from the US suggesting Mr Adams has knowledge of sex abuse by IRA members that has not been passed to the authorities.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Enda Kenny of demeaning the office of Taoiseach with his comments from the US suggesting Mr Adams has knowled(...)

Paudie McGahon: “I knew that chap long before it ever happened and then all of a sudden he started to lose control of his life, but he has got control back.” Photograph: BBC

The man who alleges he was sexually abused by an IRA man and subjected to a republican kangaroo court has said he expects another victim of the same a(...)

At the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Derry last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have called for an all-Ireland “sex abuse initiative” in the wake of a second alleged victim comin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed his confidence in the Coalition’s election chances  after the North-South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he will lead Fine Gael into the next election and will form another government with Labour following a spring 2016 (...)

Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald:  It is important to know “who was moved where” and if “children were put at risk”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the “scale and scope” of a potential cross-Border inquiry into claims of sexual abuse by members of t(...)

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