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. (...)

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(...)

 DUP leader and former first minister Arlene Foster faced scrutiny last week after claiming she did not know how much the party had been given by a then-unnamed mystery donor. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

DUP leader Arlene Foster has defended her handling of questions around a major donation that bankrolled the DUP’s £425,000 pro-Brexit campaign. The f(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson  denied suggestions the DUP broke the spirit of electoral law with its Metro wraparound, circulated only in Britain. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Constitutional Research Council (CRC) has been revealed as the pro-union group that donated £425,622 to the DUP’s Brexit campaign. On Friday morn(...)

 DUP defence spokesman Sir Jeffrey Donaldson hit out at human rights lawyers for their pursuit of those who served in the armed forces, police and security services. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP is demanding measures to ensure British security forces veterans cannot face investigations into their actions during conflicts if they have a(...)

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 First Minister Arlene Foster gives a statement on her role in a botched renewable energy scheme at Parliament Buildings, Belfast. Photograph: PA

DUP First Minister Arlene Foster is to remain in the role after a motion of “no confidence” against her was lost in the Assembly on Monday afternoon. (...)

Arlene Foster: the DUP   rejects the idea of her standing aside, which Martin McGuinness said was what he would do in the circumstances. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

A crucial meeting of Northern politicians is being held at Stormont to address the controversy surrounding the Renewable Heat Incentive, or “cash for(...)

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