Karen Bradley refuses to be drawn on speculation around her future

There has been speculation the Northern Ireland Secretary will be replaced once Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt become prime minister.

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Donaldson complaints are hard to swallow

It is a bit rich of Jeffrey Donaldson of the Democratic Unionist Party to complain of what he sees as Dublin’s failure to engage in dialogue with unionists, when his own party has been sluggish in addressing Sinn Féin concerns in order to restore the North’s power-sharing institutions.

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Narrow window to get agreement on restoring powersharing at Stormont, MPs told

Ms Bradley added that nothing is gained from ‘speculation’ and ‘over analysis’ of answers.

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Varadkar and May call for Stormont talks to ‘intensify’

The Northern Irish Assembly has been in cold storage for more than two-and-a-half years due to a bitter standoff between Sinn Féin and the DUP.

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Unions call for restoration of Stormont Government

They urged the British and Irish Governments to act on concerns over compensation for historical abuse victims and ‘inadequate’ public sector pay.

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Bradley accused of delaying tactics over compensation payments for abuse victims

Payments recommended by a Stormont-commissioned inquiry have been on ice for two-and-a-half years due to the collapse of the devolved institutions.

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Religious and political leaders meet in Stormont to discuss powersharing

Leaders of the main churches in Ireland say they have sensed some optimism from the current political talks at Stormont.

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Fresh talks to restore assembly in North

A referendum on marriage equality should be held to solve the political impasse in Northern Ireland, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has suggested.

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Mary Lou McDonald: SF will enter NI talks 'optimistically' but onus on Govts to find solutions

Sinn Féin will be entering talks "positively and optimistically" but have firmly placed the onus back on the British and Irish Governments if solutions cannot be found.

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Northern Ireland talks to resume on May 7

An agreement has been reached to establish a new round of talks involving all the main political parties in Northern Ireland, Theresa May and Leo Varadkar have said in a joint statement.

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What caused the Stormont powersharing crisis and what do the latest talks mean?

Sinn Féin and the DUP have been deadlocked for more than two years.

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Seamus Mallon: Karen Bradley not the right person for NI Secretary of State job

Former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon has said that Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley is not the right person for the position.

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Bertie Ahern: Talks are not enough, intense negotiations necessary to resolve powersharing in North

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern says talks are not enough, that intense negotiations are necessary to reach a resolution in powersharing talks in the North.

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Naomi Long: Sinn Féin has to help DUP get over the line

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long says Sinn Féin needs to compromise “to help get the DUP over the line” in talks to restore power-sharing in the North.

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Government ‘will not move to restore powersharing until after May polls’

Michelle O’Neill said the Northern Ireland Secretary intends to activate a five-month extension to her legal obligation to call a fresh election.

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Children’s mental health system on its knees in the North, commissioner warns

Koulla Yiasouma said the powersharing crisis was also impacting efforts to tackle child poverty.

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Alliance leader accuses NI Secretary of dereliction of duty over powersharing crisis

It is over two years since the last DUP/Sinn Fein-led coalition imploded amid a row over a botched green energy scheme.

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Minister sings verse from musical film Bedknobs And Broomsticks to sum up Stormont talks

A Northern Ireland Minister regaled peers with a verse from the musical film Bedknobs And Broomsticks to describe recent roundtable talks on Stormont’s powersharing crisis.

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Get back to work, protesters tell Northern Ireland Assembly members

The rally was staged to mark the two-year anniversary of the formal dissolution of the Assembly.

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Fermanagh man walking 90 miles to protest over lack of NI government

Dylan Quinn of the We Deserve Better group is undertaking the trek to encourage political discourse

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Defunct Stormont paying €400k on policing services

The Northern Ireland Assembly has not sat for almost two years, since January 2017.

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'This impasse is tearing the whole place apart': The Stormont standoff's devastating affect on sport

On Thursday lunchtime, a group of 23 Ulster Council coaches gathered in the head offices in Market Street, Armagh City.

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Snow Patrol singer voices anger at political stalemate in Northern Ireland

Gary Lightbody said it was an “unforgivable act” to leave the North politically unmanned for so long.

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Bradley urges Northern Ireland’s political parties to ‘stop grandstanding’

The Northern Ireland Secretary’s comments came following talks between senior Irish and UK government ministers in Dublin.

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Karen Bradley ‘actively considering’ external mediator to aid NI powersharing talks

The Northern Ireland Secretary told MPs that the idea will be raised with the various parties.

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DUP criticise Sinn Fein over refusal to commemorate Northern Ireland centenary

His comments came after Ms McDonald said the party would not be taking part in any official events to mark the 100th anniversary.

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Stormont ministers fought like alley cats over green energy scheme, inquiry told

Sinn Fein finance minister Mairtin O Muilleoir and DUP economy minister Simon Hamilton were at loggerheads, the inquiry heard.

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Time-limited Bill aims to restore devolution in Northern Ireland

The Bill, introduced by Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley, applies until March 26 next year, but can be extended by a further five months.

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Government’s draft proposals on decision-making at Stormont ‘need more work’

A court ruled that a civil servant acted outside his powers in a planning application for a waste incinerator in County Antrim.

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Beefed-up powers for NI civil servants ‘must not undermine impartiality’

The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service said he and his colleagues cannot afford to have their integrity called into question.

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Former DUP special adviser made ‘sales pitch’ for NI chicken producer

Dr Andrew Crawford suggested a change to tiered cost controls to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), due to be introduced in autumn 2015.

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Foster – British Government must not subcontract its responsibilities to NI

She said there was a role for independent mediation to help break the 20-month impasse at Stormont.

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Stormont politics a ‘grubby world’, former adviser tells RHI inquiry

Tim Cairns has claimed former enterprise minister Jonathan Bell behaved in a bullying or drunken fashion at times, allegations denied by his ex-boss.

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SF: British Government should release funding to investigate NI killings

Stormont has not sat for around 20 months in a row over a botched green energy scheme and serious differences on the Irish language.

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Arlene Foster ordered me to keep RHI scheme open, claims Jonathan Bell

Former Stormont minister Jonathan Bell claims he wanted to save Northern Ireland hundreds of millions of pounds but he faced opposition in closing it.

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Tánaiste: Karen Bradley has 'really made an effort to understand Northern Ireland'

When appointed as Northern Ireland Secretary, Ms Bradley did not realise the country’s nationalists did not vote for unionist parties or vice-versa.

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The cost of intransigence - Silent Stormont faces a pay cut

That great arbiter, the Guinness Book of World Records, has declined to recognise the record set in Northern Ireland last week.

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NI hasn't had a government for 589 days and people are tweeting what they've done in that time

The North has now equalled a record set by Belgium for the longest period without an operational government in peacetime.

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Latest: DUP hit out at Sinn Féin as powersharing impasse reaches milestone

The DUP leader has unveiled a large banner hitting out at Sinn Féin on the day Northern Ireland matches Belgium's record of the longest time without a functioning government.

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Bernadette McAliskey calls for Stormont to be ‘bulldozed’

Bernadette McAliskey was speaking on the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights march in Co Tyrone over discrimination in housing.

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Donaldson: Sinn Féin blocking change through powersharing impasse

Jeffrey Donaldson said that whilst republicans talked about rights, they denied the right of the public to have Assembly members vote on important matters.

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Leo Varadkar: Talks to restore Stormont powersharing could begin in the autumn

The ministerial executive at Stormont collapsed 18 months ago and repeated rounds of negotiations have failed to restore it.

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Arlene Foster accuses Sinn Féin of rowing back on border poll remarks

The DUP leader insists people in Northern Ireland are more concerned with a lack of powersharing government than with a referendum on a united Ireland.

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Arlene Foster urges end to decision-making ‘limbo’ in Northern Ireland

A Stormont department said it would end its legal battle against curbs to its powers following the collapse of devolution.

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Simon Coveney rejects allegations of ‘meddling’ in Northern Ireland

Simon Coveney said the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference will seek to help restore devolved government at Stormont.

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Theresa May says Stormont must resume as SF describe meeting as 'challenging'

The Prime Minister made the comments in a speech in Belfast to political leaders and the business community.

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Absence of NI government cannot be allowed to continue, says Foster

It comes after a bid by a Northern Ireland government department to have a High Court judgment over the powers of a civil servant overturned failed.

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No decision on whether to cut MLAs’ pay – Northern Ireland Secretary

Karen Bradley told British politicians she was aware of public anger, but pointed out that MLAs are still working for constituents.

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Northern Ireland instability to be discussed at Anglo Irish co-operation forum

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference will meet later this month.

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Taoiseach: British-Irish conference could help co-operation after Brexit

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference is to meet in London on July 25 amid impasse over devolved government in Belfast.

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Foster attending LGBT event ‘important step towards dialogue’

The PinkNews reception at the seat of Northern Ireland’s suspended devolved parliament at Stormont will be held on June 28.

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Tonnes of Stormont food going to waste every year, data reveals

Almost £300m (€341m) was spent on subsidising the catering contract in 2016/17, TUV leader Jim Allister said.

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Violence in the North possible if political stagnation continues, warns Peter Robinson

Former first minister Peter Robinson has warned of a possible return to violence in the North if the political stagnation continues.

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Department 'failed to comply' with Irish language equality obligations

A Northern Ireland department failed to comply with its equality obligations ahead of a controversial decision on cutting an Irish language bursary, an investigation found.

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Corbyn insists he is not advocating for united Ireland referendum

The UK Labour leader said on a visit to Northern Ireland that he was not advocating or asking for a referendum on Irish unity.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Northern Ireland deadlock could see return to grim days of past

The Labour leader urged the revival of a peace process mechanism to enable the UK and Irish governments to work together to save powersharing.

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Corbyn to call for Irish Government to be given role in powersharing restoration

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to call for the revival of a contentious peace process mechanism to enable the UK and Irish Governments to work together to save powersharing in Northern Ireland.

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UK is rebuffing our plans to break powersharing deadlock, says Leo Varadkar

The Taoiseach said his proposal for a joint initiative to break the deadlock in the North had been rejected.

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Foster should have told DUP to 'back me or sack me', says Adams

Unionism needs leadership of the kind it had two decades ago which brought the movement into peace talks with Sinn Fein, leading to the Good Friday Agreement, Gerry Adams has said.

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