Dr Eamon Martin: “A culture of blame will only trap us in an endless cycle of instability and insecurity,” he said in a joint statement with other church leaders.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The leaders of the four main churches in Ireland have urged the Northern Ireland parties to protect the achievements of the peace process as talks co(...)

British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May will not be flying to Northern Ireland to get involved in talks to restore powersharing at Stormont. Former North(...)

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds speak to media outside Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Talks to save Northern Ireland’s devolved government have run straight into an obstacle on Monday as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Fos(...)

Minster for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: ‘The onus is on the parties themselves. That is the essence of devolution.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been told they will have to do the “heavy lifting” if the Stormont institutions are to be re-established following a second(...)

In the 90-member new Assembly there are 40 unionists (DUP, Ulster Unionists, Traditional Unionist Voice and independent unionist) and 39 nationalists (Sinn Féin and the SDLP). It is a long way from the 1921 election in the North, when Unionists also claimed 40 seats. That, however, was a 52-seat assembly.

In this election everything went right for Sinn Féin. It portrayed Arlene Foster as the ogre; she responded by casting Gerry Adams as the bogey man. (...)

Sinn Féin party president Gerry Adams waves to the media as he walks with Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill on the Falls road in front of a mural of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has offered some qualification to his precondition that Arlene Foster cannot be part of the next Northern Executive un(...)

Stormont is seen through low cloud in Belfast. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Northern Ireland has elected a new Assembly where the DUP is marginally ahead of Sinn Féin, but it is uncertain when, and whether, it will formally ge(...)

 Sinn Féin NI leader Michelle O’Neill,  Orlaithi Flynn, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams  at  count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sinn Féin has made significant gains in the Northern Assembly elections on the back of an increased republican vote, dramatically narrowing the gap b(...)

UUP’s Mike Nesbitt announces his resignation as party leader at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has emerged as the biggest winner in the North’s Assembly election after the party came to within one seat of matching the Democratic Unioni(...)

Former justice minister Claire Sugden (centre)  is running as an Independent in East Derry. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Northern Ireland is dominated by tribal politics, but smaller parties and independents continue to stand for election in the hope of a breakthrough in(...)

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