Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness leaving Stormont Castle. He insisted his health was not a factor in his decision.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress Belfast

The Northern political process has been plunged into crisis after Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister. A visibly frail and ill Mr McG(...)

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 (...)

Martin McGuinness leaves Stormont Castle on Monday evening after resigning as Deputy First Minister. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

What happened today? Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as Deputy First Minister over the refusal of First Minister Arlene Foster (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said: ‘We’re six months from the Brexit referendum. We need some clarity as to what the plan is.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has called on Downing Street to clarify its intentions on Brexit, publicly criticising for the first time the refusal by the British go(...)

Mitchell Reiss was appointed by Northern Secretary James Brokenshire. Photograph: Eric Luke

President George W Bush’s former special envoy to Northern Ireland, Dr Mitchell Reiss, is to be one of the four members of the new Independent Reporti(...)

A claim  that weak Irish immigration checks are allowing criminals access to the UK is not well founded, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The PSNI chief constable’s claim that weak immigration checks in the Republic are allowing international criminals access to the North and Britain is (...)

Fishing boats are seen in Cobh harbour in Co Cork. Fishermen’s representatives have called for a review of EU fishing rules. Photograph: Getty

Ireland’s fishing industry has breathed a sigh of relief, after Minister for Marine Michael Creed and his negotiating team in Brussels secured an over(...)

A pause for reflection during a memorial service and vigil at Birmingham Cathedral to mark 42 years since the IRA’s Birmingham pub bombings on November 21, 2016. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Today will see the reopening of the inquests into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub bombings on November 21st, 1974. The campaign has been(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Belfast during Remembrance Sunday commemorations. Photograph: Bill Smyth

Frances Fitzgerald has spoken of the importance of taking part in a Remembrance Sunday commemoration in Belfast. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justic(...)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after speaking at a rally on Monday in Leesburg, Virginia. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

1. Clinton holds narrow lead in polls as US prepares to vote Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump criss-crossed the United States yesterday in a frantic (...)

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