Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ArdFheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to contest for a place in Derry for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a bid by the party to attac(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

David Ford, NI Justice Minister: “I can only go on the evidence that I have...that it is possible to diagnose accurately fatal abnormalities of a foetus.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nobody has ever had a heart attack. The medical term is myocardial infarction. Nobody has ever died of a stroke. But many have succumbed to a cerebrov(...)

In politics like football the manager gets the blame for poor team performance, whether his team is up to it or the opposition is even remotely playab(...)

Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“That’s the best speech we’ve heard in a hundred years,” said a hugely enthused SDLP supporter to reporters at the press desk after new leader Colum E(...)

Colum Eastwood with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

New leader Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the SDLP more relevant after he was last night elected the party’s sixth leader. At 32, Mr Eastwood is(...)

Colum Eastwood, who has been elected as the new  SDLP leader is seen with the   new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney at the  party’s conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Pacemaker

The new leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the party more relevant after he was last night elected the sixth leader of the party, a(...)

Dr Alasdair McDonnell has defended his record as leader of the SDLP and said he wants to continue in the role so that the party can be ready, not just for next May’s Assembly elections, but for elections for the next 20 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dr Alasdair McDonnell has defended his record as leader of the SDLP and said he wants to continue in the role so that the party can be ready, not just(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: Dolores Kelly said he came through May’s election campaign with ‘dignity and forbearance’. Photograph: Alan Betson.

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has predicted that the “DUP-Sinn Féin junta” will cobble a deal together next week to “get them to the May election”(...)

The thran man: Alasdair McDonnell, leader of the SDLP. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell is what is known in parts of Ulster as a thran man. That means he is stubborn. He is also a political bruiser imbued(...)