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The   breakdown of the powersharing talks has been linked to a “historic” speech from Gerry Adams at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday when he declares his future intentions. Photograph:   Mark Marlow/PA

The general reaction to the collapse of the DUP-Sinn Féin talks was one of weariness rather than shock and anger, which tells a lot about the current (...)

Northern Ireland  has been without a functioning power-sharing Executive and Assembly since it was collapsed in January.  Photograph: AFP

The British government is to bring forward legislation for a budget for Northern Ireland on Monday in the absence of a deal between the DUP and Sinn F(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire: “There must be no physical infrastructure at the Border.” Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is to meet senior European Union figures in Brussels to emphasise the unique issues affecting the North a(...)

James Brokenshire  making a statement in Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Waiting for Godot is described as a play where nothing happens twice. Waiting for a Breakthrough at Stormont is a pedestrian drama where nothing hap(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Is the DUP leadership up for this? We will know soon enough. Sinn Féin certainly is.” Photograph: Oisin McHugh/Fusion Shooters

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has challenged the DUP and Sinn Féin to say what progress has been made in talks so the public can see if a reasonable deal(...)

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must demonstrate the same level of courage as the leaders of the civil rights movement half a century ago to ensure that powersharing gove(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire: ‘Unless we get an executive in place during the course of this month, I will have to set a budget’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has warned the British government will have to pass legislation to set a budget for Northern Ireland if agreement(...)

European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt: met delegations from the DUP, Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance at Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has said it is vital the peace process and the Belfast Agreement are further secured, during his(...)

David Davis:  The sparring between Mr Davis and Michel Barnier reminds Belfast-based lawyer Brett Lockhart  of two bar-library QCs engaging in negotiation well in advance of a complicated trial. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Belfast-based corporate lawyer Brett Lockhart says the recent sparring between David Davis and Michel Barnier reminds him of two bar-library QCs engag(...)

 Delia Close, former Assembly members June Morrice and Monica McWilliams, Baroness May Blood  Pearl Sagar, who was one of the negotiators during the peace talks, who were involved in the  Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in the 1990s. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The role of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (NIWC) in helping to bring peace to the region in the late 1990s is being explored in a new BBC do(...)

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