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 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 (...)

Karen Bradley with students at Belfast Metropolitan College in the Titanic Quarter during her first visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The new Northern Secretary, Karen Bradley, flew back to London on Wednesday evening after her first visit to Northern Ireland amid renewed recriminati(...)

James Brokenshire: Tánaiste Simon Coveney contacted  him from Cairo  to “wish him well, and to thank him on behalf of myself and the Irish Government”

British prime minister Theresa May has indicated she wishes to see Northern Secretary James Brokenshire’s resuming in a senior post in her government.(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster said London should move to appoint direct-rule ministers in Northern Ireland if a final attempt at brokering a deal to restore devolution failed. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on Sinn Féin to re-enter talks, with a short time frame set, and the “one shared precondition” of restoring devolu(...)

Simon Coveney: Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann urged him to “step away from the microphone if he wants to repair relationships with unionists”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Unionist politicians have accused Tánaiste Simon Coveney of being “clumsy”, “unhelpful” and “aggressive” in his handling of Northern Ireland issues. (...)

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(...)

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