Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in Belfast on Wednesday. She insisted her party “had an accommodation on all the issues” with the DUP. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

All this week, restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly hung on whether Arlene Foster could show leadership and nerve and sell the language eleme(...)

Blaming Sinn Féin’s “red lines” and inflexibility for the collapse of talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated that a compromise had never been reached in discussions involving the Irish language, in spite of informed views to the contrary. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

By announcing that an Executive cannot be formed at this time and calling for the imposition of direct rule from Westminster, DUP leader Arlene Foster(...)

Simon Coveney: he said he had spoken with Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, and would remain in close contact

The Government was taken completely by surprise by the abrupt decision of the DUP to withdraw from negotiations to restore the Northern institutions, (...)

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, advocacy manager for Conradh na Gaeilge in Belfast was asked how many people in Northern Ireland speak Irish. According to t(...)

The British and Irish governments are unsure whether this DUP anxiety over the Irish language could jeopardise the prospective agreement. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to ignore those unionists who want to scupper a deal to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly after Arlene Foster sa(...)

British prime minister Theresa May holds a press conference at Stormont House on Monday. “I have been urging the parties to make one final push for the sake of the people of Northern Ireland,” she said. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May have exhorted the DUP and Sinn Féin to make “one final push” to strike a deal to reinst(...)

Alex Maskey: he said the North was a “unionist-dominated apartheid state, founded on religious and civil discrimination, and which denied citizens fundamental rights such as the right to vote”

Sinn Féin Northern Assembly member Alex Maskey has provoked another social media quarrel as talks continue to restore Stormont. This follows his descr(...)

 Emma Rogan, daughter of murdered man Adrian Rogan, speaks on behalf of  Loughinisland massacre relatives at Belfast High Court this month. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The families of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre and nationalist politicians have welcomed a judge’s decision to excuse himself from a case (...)

 Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster at the  Killarney Economic Conference in Co Kerry at the weekend. Photograph:  Valerie O Sullivan/PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster has welcomed the resignation of Barry McElduff and said now is the time for Sinn Féin to learn lessons and deal with members (...)

Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff: posted a video on Twitter featuring him with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff should be punished by his West Tyrone constituents for tweeting an “egregious” video (...)

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