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Talks chaired by Dr Richard Haass (above) and Harvard professor Meghan O’Sullivan are to continue over the weekend. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has appointed a new Parades Commission as the Haass talks enter a crucial stage in pursuit of agreement on parades(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.   Photograph: Eric Luke

There is now potential for the Haass talks to propose limited immunity for those who committed crimes during the Northern conflict after First Ministe(...)

Account NI processes more than a million transactions a year. It has 215 civil service staff, but the technology supporting its operation is provided under a £54 million, 12-year contact with BT. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A Northern Ireland Executive system introduced to speed up the payment of bills has cost more than £4 million (€4.79 million), it was revealed.A commo(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who visited Belfast on Friday, said he would like the bridge to go ahead, but that it was a question of “hard cash”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A cross-Border bridge, finally approved in July, may be lost unless a multimillion euro funding gap is resolved urgently.It is understood that unless (...)

Simon Hamilton of the DUP

The new DUP finance minister at Stormont has condemned violence surrounding a visit by Belfast’s Sinn Féin mayor to the Shankill area this week, but d(...)

Despite being the worst performing section of the RBS group, Ulster Bank continues to look on the bright side

Winston Churchill once said success consisted of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. The saying seems to speak true of Ulster Ba(...)

Simon Hamilton:  getting used to his prestigious Northern Executive post of Minister for Finance. Photograph: Press Eye

Simon Hamilton, his jacket draped loosely over his office chair, sits in his new office on the Stormont estate, getting used to his prestigious Northe(...)

Simon Hamilton, who has been appointed the new Minister of Finance and Personnel for Northern Ireland

A 36-year-old former auditor with PwC in Belfast has been appointed as Northern Ireland’s new Minister for Finance.Simon Hamilton, the DUP MLA for the(...)

Today Belfast is littered with forlorn sites that echo the failed dreams and lost fortunes of local property developers. Photograph: Pacemaker

The polished, glossy corporate headquarters of Invest NI, the North’s business development agency, have over the last eight years become something of (...)

Belfast. British budget to cut North’s allocation.

The UK chancellor George Osborne has cut Northern Ireland’s spending budget by 2 per cent as part of overall UK government spending plans for 2015-16.(...)

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