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The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

People Before Profit MLA for Belfast West Gerry Carroll. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

In 2010, the Ulster Unionist Party was in serious decline. For the first time in its history the party failed to elect an MP to Westminster. It elect(...)

Arlene Foster and her Assembly team outside Stormont. The 108-member Northern Assembly is due to meet on Thursday to re-elect Foster  First Minister and Martin McGuinness Deputy First Minister. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Negotiations aimed at agreeing a programme for government for the next Northern Executive are to begin today with the smallest of the five main parti(...)

Eamonn McCann (People Before Profit - left) and Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist Voice) are two pugnacious politicians and speakers. From the left and right, the naughty corner will be naughtier and noisier this time around. File photographs: PA Wire

‘Project Fear’ and personality were the two weapons that made this a triumphant Northern Assembly election for the DUP and its leader and First Minist(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count in Omagh: she will be delighted with the performance of her party. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sitting in the Sinn Féin offices in Derry at the latter stages of the Northern Assembly election campaign, Martin McGuinness made one definitive predi(...)