Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the Stormont House Agreement, saying the desire had prevailed to give “the promise of a brighter future for all o(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference that as many as 12 Unionist MPs could return to Westminster in May’s general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionism could increase its representation from nine to 12 seats in next May’s Westminster general election, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has tol(...)

If Dr McDonnell is to have any hope of remaining at the helm, he must hold his South Belfast seat. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

There’s a sizeable rump in the SDLP which believes that this time next year the party will have a new leader. Current captain Dr Alasdair McDonnell mi(...)

Alasdair McDonnell: “Republicanism which should have been a term of inclusion . . . has been sullied by those who would force their will on others.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The SDLP reserves the right to go into “constructive opposition”, leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has told his party’s annual conference in Belfast. More(...)

Kieran Megraw (left) and Seán Megraw carry the coffin of their brother Brendan at his funeral in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At yesterday’s funeral Mass for “Disappeared” man Brendan Megraw, his brother Kieran told of the family’s sense of joy and relief when the cortege br(...)

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly, speaking at the opening of the party’s 42nd annual conference in Belfast, said party leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell (above) was correct in “unambiguously” rejecting Sinn Féin’s call for an electoral pact.  File photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has characterised Sinn Féin as “sleeveens” after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this week called for a joint(...)

 Kieran Megraw (L) carries the remains of his brother Brendan  in Belfast today. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The funeral of Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared, was held today in west Belfast.A large crowd gathered today at St Oliver Plunkett Church in Len(...)

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today promised to reciprocate if the SDLP gave Sinn Féin a free run in three constituencies. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The SDLP has turned down a call from Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for an electoral pact for May’s Westminster general election(...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell  issued his  demand following talks in Stormont aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the future of the Northern Executive and Assembly. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Sinn Fein and the SDLP have called on the British government to provide the necessary funding to deal with the past.Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly and SDLP(...)

 Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the fact that Stormont talks have finally met in full session, involving all the participa(...)