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(...)

 Douglas Gageby, former editor of The Irish Times, with John Hume in 1992.   Photograph: Joe St Leger

Fifty years ago, The Irish Times published a strong challenge to the nationalist consensus (...)

Former first minister the Rev Ian Paisley: stands by his denunciations of Catholicism. Photograph: PA

The Rev Ian Paisley has expressed support for the Northern Ireland civil rights movement. In what the former Stormont first minister has said is his f(...)

SDLP founder member and South Down MP EK McGrady, who has died aged 78, was known to all simply as Eddie – and the use of his shortened Christian name(...)