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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

Brown and Cowen in talks to break Ulster deadlock

The prime ministers of Britain and Ireland flew into Belfast yesterday on an unplanned mission to save the Northern Ireland Assembly from collapse and rescue the deadlocked talks between Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists.

Brown and Cowen head for emergency NI talks

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen will travel to Belfast this afternoon for emergency talks with Northern Ireland's political leaders.

DUP must honour policing commitments, says Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein has fulfilled its obligations in government and now wants unionists to do the same to avoid a political crisis, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said today.

London and Dublin 'ready to help' if Northern Ireland deadlock cannot be broken

Government intervention over the stalled Northern Irish Stormont talks on policing and justice powers is likely to move a step closer today when the British and Irish prime ministers meet in London.

Sinn Fein anger over power-sharing deadlock

Martin McGuinness will meet Peter Robinson today for crunch talks about the future of the Northern Ireland power-sharing government, it was confirmed last night.

Sinn Fein leaders meet over power-sharing deadlock

The future of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government could hinge on a meeting today of Sinn Fein leaders who accuse unionists of blocking a deal on the devolution of policing and justice powers.

Justice talks at an end, says Adams

Talks on saving Northern Ireland's power-sharing government have ended without agreement, Sinn Fein said today.

Stormont deal could be done by end of the week

The focus of talks to save Stormont — and finalise a deal on the transfer of policing and justice powers — is narrowing, senior sources have disclosed.

Robinson affair may hasten policing deal

Chastened DUP ready to talk over ceding control of justice to Belfast

Gerry Adams: Sinn Fein didn’t know about abuse claims

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insisted that party members in Dundalk knew nothing of the allegations that his brother Liam had been accused of sex abuse against his daughter.

Belfast deal in the balance

The Northern Ireland Secretary, Shaun Woodward, and the Irish Foreign Minister, Michael Martin, were due to meet last night to try to end the political deadlock in Belfast in the aftermath of the Iris Robinson scandal. So far no agreement on the devolution of policing and justice has been made.

Robinson sidelined – but will he return?

Northern Ireland's First Minister to take a six-week break to deal with family problems

Leading article: One man in the thick of it

The Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward is right to point out that the peace process is bigger than any one man. It has had many pivotal figures, who at different times were probably indispensable, including John Hume, Gerry Adams, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern and the Rev Ian Paisley. But most of these once-crucial figures have now departed the political scene, leaving one particular figure in the thick of it.

I'm stepping aside to clear my name, says Robinson

DUP leader Peter Robinson said today he was temporarily stepping down as Northern Ireland First Minister in an attempt to clear his name following the scandal surrounding his wife Iris.

Gerry Adams rejects ‘cover-up’ claims over suspect brother

Gerry Adams has insisted he has no further questions to answer over his role in the charges of sexual abuse being faced by his brother, Liam.

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