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(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The DUP leader Arlene Foster has proposed that the Northern Executive be restored immediately based on a commitment that language and culture issues w(...)

 Alliance Party leader Naomi Long: the Northern Assembly election on March 2nd offers an opportunity “to end the Green and Orange politics for good”. Photograph: Alliance Party/PA Wire

Alliance leader Naomi Long has indicated she would bring her party back into the next Northern Executive – but only on the basis of commitments that (...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood flanked by party colleagues as he addresses the media in Stormont after the  Executive was formed. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The new Northern Executive looks and feels different. It looks different because it has seven new Ministers if you include the two junior posts. It f(...)

Martin McGuinness: announced four Sinn Féin Assembly members yesterday, including one junior minister, who will join him in the Northern Executive. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye /PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he is “100 per cent confident” a minister of justice will be appointed today and a ne(...)

Naomi Long of the Alliance Party is congratulated by her husband Michael Long after being elected as MLA for Belfast East. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP has first choice of which ministry to take in the new Northern Executive which is scheduled to be formed in two weeks’ time. Sinn Féin will ha(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland  Arlene Foster: “I believe that we are old enough to know that we must never go back to the past but young enough that our ambition and our excitement about the future is not clouded by the experience of the past.” File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she wants to set “a new tone” in Northern Irish politics in her first speech to business people in the region since (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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