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(...)

The SDLP still has a relevance and a vision and a contribution to make to “making Northern Ireland”,  Alex Attwood told the party’s annual conference in Belfast today. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

The SDLP still has a relevance and a vision and a contribution to make to “making Northern Ireland”, Assembly member Alex Attwood told the party’s a(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Junior minister Jennifer McCann outside Stormont: McCann  had said she learned of Maíria Cahill’s rape allegations a number of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The position of Jennifer McCann as Sinn Féin junior minister was “now untenable” following the IRA rape and interrogation allegations made by Maíri(...)

Maíria Cahill  on BBC 
Spotlight
: “There are other victims out there listening to all this and being retraumatised because of Sinn Féin’s refusal to admit what has happened.” Photograph: Pacemaker/BBC Spotlight

First Minister Peter Robinson has expressed support for Maíria Cahill, the west Belfast woman who said she was raped by an IRA member when she was 16(...)

Sammy Wilson  of the DUP: “I congratulate the people of Scotland for recognising the benefits of the union, despite the tartan terror tactics of the SNP during a very contentious referendum campaign.”

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern Editor Sinn Féin is maintaining its push for a Border poll on a united Ireland on the back of the Scottish independence referen(...)

 Drew Nelson, grand secretary of the  Orange Lodge: “Whatever the outcome of our deliberations as an institution, I would again underline that any actions must be both lawful and peaceful. Our traditions are dear to us and are only undermined by violence.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone about the escalating tensions in the North following the Parad(...)

The coffin of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, is carried to St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, for his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

 Gerry Conlon outside the Old Bailey in London in 1989 after being released for being wrongly convicted of the Guilford pub bombings. File Photograph: PA Wire

The image of Gerry Conlon that will remain indelible is him coming out of the Old Bailey in London in 1989 a free man and declaring to the world that (...)