Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: “We can’t see this political impasse continuing much longer.” Photograph: PA Wire

The current political impasse in Northern Ireland cannot continue much longer, Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has warned after meeting the North(...)

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire was meeting the five main Northern parties at Stormont on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry has called for an independent mediator to be appointed to help find a way through the impasse that is blockin(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary James Brokenshire are to meet to five main parties in the North next week. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster made a “real effort” with her recent comments on the Irish language. His(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster making proposals for the return of power-sharing. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, at the end of a four-day trip to Northern Ireland on Tuesday evening, was asked if the talks aimed at rein(...)

Former special US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The former US special envoy to Northern Ireland, Gary Hart, has condemned the proposal by the Trump administration to abolish the diplomatic role as “(...)

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to make a speech on Thursday evening recommitting her party to powersharing but questioning whether Sinn Féin is p(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  said the Government was planning to introduce legislation that would allow gardaí  give  evidence to the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians must “make things happen” if there is to be any prospect of restoring Stormont, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said in Armagh (...)

James Brokenshire: he is planning to make contact with party leaders in the coming week to prepare for a return to talks.  Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire is this week due to sound out party leaders on the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly d(...)

 East Antrim MP Sammy  Wilson (DUP) has questioned the worth of resuming the Northern Ireland powersharing talks process, claiming Sinn Féin was making unrealistic demands. File photograph:  Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

The British government has said talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland remain a priority, despite scepticism from a senior Democratic Union(...)

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