Arlene Foster (left) and Michelle O’Neill  at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

If Northern Ireland has been given hope this weekend, it is due, ultimately, to the courage of five individuals – the leaders of the political parties(...)

British Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Tánaiste Simon Coveney meet with the Northern party leaders including Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill, Colum Eastwood, Naomi Long and Steve Aiken at Stormont House on Wednesday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The DUP and Sinn Féin should do a deal, and fast. So say both governments – and the voters of the North’s two biggest parties, to judge from the Decem(...)

Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster shake hands at a rally for journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Can Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill ever be the Chuckle Sisters, repeating the Chuckle Brothers act of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their pre(...)

Former first minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson made his comments at an event at the Methodist Centre at Knock in east Belfast on Thursday. File photograph: Queen’s University Belfast/PA Wire

Former DUP first minister Peter Robinson has stated he believes Stormont can be restored but that in the meantime direct rule from Westminster should (...)

The new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, walks past a statue of Charlie Chaplin before giving a press conference in Belfast on her first visit to the North. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

“I am absolutely delighted to be in Belfast, ” were the first words uttered to the media by Karen Bradley on her first engagement in Northern Ireland (...)

Thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Northern Ireland’s former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Derry in March 2017. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

When Martin McGuinness said he was resigning as Deputy First Minister on January 10th this year, thus bringing down Stormont, it wasn’t the announceme(...)

Simon Coveney said it was  responsibility of Arlene Foster and  Michelle O’Neill to form a Government in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has raised the prospect of the British and Irish governments making decisions for Northern Ireland in the absence of a function(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton, who held separate meetings on Tuesday afternoon in Belfast with DUP and Sinn Féin leaders, has predicted that Stormo(...)

Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP moved closer to re-establishing the Northern Executive on Wednesday night, after pressure from the Irish and British government(...)

Dr Howard Hastings at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dr Howard Hastings is the Northern Ireland hotelier who “bet the farm” on the Europa Hotel in Belfast. He and his father, Sir William Hastings, pulle(...)

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