Sammy Wilson

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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.(...)

 Ulster Bank’s HQ in Dublin. “We will have to see the proposals before making comment on them,” the bank said.

Ulster Bank remained silent yesterday on reports that the UK government will consider hiving off some of its problem assets as part of a wider soluti(...)

Michelle Obama with her husband US President Barack Obama, at the Waterfront in Belfast. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

President Barack Obama does have rare oratorical abilities, and so does the first lady, his wife Michelle. Yesterday they even succeeded in breaking t(...)

US president Barack Obama’s speech in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast “hit the nail on the head”, said Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Sammy Wilson. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers said the Obama visit to Belfast and his Waterfront Hall speech made it “a great day for Northern Ireland, with one(...)

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