Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation at his office in Stormont Castle on Monday. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

A last-ditch round of meetings will take place in Belfast on Thursday between Northern Ireland’s political parties, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charl(...)

The statue of Lord Edward Carson at Stormont in Belfast.  The collapse of the Executive has spurred the governments into action. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Recent days have seen a flurry of telephone calls between senior Irish and British figures in the wake of the collapse of the power-sharing administra(...)

This is a time when a strong political voice should be heard from Stormont to try to ensure a favourable Brexit deal for the North. Instead it seems the voices will be of electoral squabbling

Would Assembly elections purge the current political poison? Almost certainly not. Sinn Féin has insisted that the issue has gone way beyond the botc(...)

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 said he was trying to determine if there was a way to avoid   elections. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A new plan to reduce the cost of the “cash for ash” heat scheme in the North will be fairly assessed, the Sinn Féin Minister for Finance Máirtín Ó Mui(...)

Seamus Mallon: “‘Cash for ash’ scheme just tip of an iceberg which has been in many ways rotten to the core.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An independent judicial inquiry into the “corruption” in the Northern Ireland Executive might serve to move the current political crisis along, former(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire makes a statement to the media at Stormont House in Belfast Wednesday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said a “limited window” exists for talks to avoid new Northern Assembly elections and he urged political parties to sieze the(...)

DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster announced plans to carry out a public inquiry into the flawed “cash for ash” heating scheme which precipitated this crisis. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The prospect of avoiding imminent and “brutal” Northern Assembly elections appeared remote last night, despite Arlene Foster saying she is open to tal(...)

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(...)

The ‘cash for ash’ scandal has caused controversy at Stormont. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In 1999, then US president Bill Clinton got into a lot of trouble over off-the-cuff remarks he made about Northern Ireland. He was at an event in Ca(...)

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