Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire: has set Friday as deadline for an agreement to prevent Northern Ireland slipping back to direct rule. Photograph: David Young/PA

The atmosphere during Holy Week at Stormont in 1998 was a lot different to the one now. In the feverish days leading up to Good Friday 1998, the Nor(...)

A group of business and civic society leaders at Stormont in Belfast demanding a restoration of devolution, April 11th, 2017. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Talks to save powersharing in Northern Ireland are set to extend beyond Easter if, as expected, a deal fails to materialise on Wednesday. A full day (...)

Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and James Brokenshire MP Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at Iveagh House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Few can be inspired by the United Kingdom’s state of preparedness, as it quits the European Union, particularly in Northern Ireland where a lack of po(...)

The DUP leader Arlene Foster said the talks aimed at restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly were “more structured”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fresh talks aimed at restoring the Northern Executive and Assembly got off to a reasonably positive start, it was generally agreed at Stormont on Mond(...)

Sinn Féin’s leader at Stormont Michelle O’Neill: the British government needs to “stop pandering to the DUP” and the chief issues for Sinn Féin are around the legacy of the past, a Bill of rights and an Irish language Act. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

The British and Irish governments and the northern parties on Monday embark on a new attempt to reinstate Stormont after the failure to meet last week(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has invited parties in Northern Ireland to a new round of talks. Photograph: Bloomberg

Northern Ireland’s political parties have been asked to participate in another round of talks from Monday in a bid to resolve the political crisis. (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire: said Britain does not want a return to direct rule over the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has strongly welcomed the confirmation by Northern Secretary James Brokenshire that Britain does not want a return to(...)

Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  “Should the talks not succeed in their objectives, the government will have to consider all options.” Photograph: PA

The British government could impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the parties fail to reach a deal by Easter, northern secretary James Brokenshir(...)

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster: dilemma for her and her colleagues is how to make concessions to Sinn Féin without having their faces rubbed in the muck. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

After the latest Stormont collapse, there was talk of a public feeling of “despondency” with the Northern secretary James Brokenshire detecting a sens(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire said he was extremely disappointed that there was no agreement to reinstate Stormont. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There are just a “short few weeks” to break the political stalemate that is holding up restoration of the Northern Executive and Assembly, the Norther(...)

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