Mike Nesbitt

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SDLP leader Colm Eastwood has said he would support British-Irish rule in the North if a new Executive cannot be formed. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The SDLP has called for joint London-Dublin rule in the North if attempts to establish devolution fail after new Assembly election. As British prime (...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire told  House of Commons on Tuesday the political situation in Northern Ireland was grave. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has appealed for the main disputing parties to try to find a resolution to the “cash for ash” crisis, while a(...)

Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness. “His actions have meant that, at precisely the time we need our government to be active, we will have no government,” said outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster.

Northern Ireland is facing Assembly elections after Martin McGuinness resigned as Deputy First Minister over Arlene Foster’s refusal to step aside in (...)

First Minister Arlene Foster: said she had “nothing to hide” over the heating incentive scheme. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister Arlene Foster says she has no intention of resigning over the flawed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Ms Foster, after ret(...)

   Arlene Foster  with Li Pen  and Hanson Hu of Huawei Technologies   in Shanghai, China, on  Thursday: The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which could cost  £400 million, has put pressure on the DUP First Minister. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

A whistleblower said on Thursday that she warned First Minister Arlene Foster and officials from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Industry of s(...)

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster: in charge of  Department when rules for scheme approved. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist has rejected charges that Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster should quit over errors that could cost the Northern(...)

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister was the only MLA   to declare his opposition to the motion. Photo: Arthus Allison/Pacemaker

The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a motion pardoning gay men convicted for previously illegal homosexual acts. The issue was brought before th(...)

 Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt during the party’s annual conference at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Unionism has a name for not-an-inch politics, but at the weekend the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Mike Nesbitt, with the co-operation of his SDL(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt told his party conference Saturday: “Vote me, you get [SDLP leader] Colum [Eastwood]. Vote Colum, you get me”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Mike Nesbitt has proposed working “partnership” with the SDLP in order to create “middle ground politics” as an(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson has died aged 60 after a short illness. Mr Nelson, from Dromore in Co Down, was described as a pragmatic and(...)

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