The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie said the party strengthened its position in the constituency. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie retained her South Down seat, as the DUP’s Jim Wells controversy-strewn campaign ended in fourth place behind the Ulster U(...)

Margaret Ritchie:  Unionist support and determination to retain South Down should ensure she is returned. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The SDLP has laid limpet-like claim to South Down since Eddie McGrady first won the seat for the party in 1987. That’s because the seat was so hard-wo(...)

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(...)

Eddie McGrady photographed wiping clean the election office plaque, after handing in his nomination papers for South Down in 2005. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Public representatives from Stormont, Dublin and London along with members of civic, cultural, state and sporting bodies have attended the funeral of (...)

Former South Down MP Eddie McGrady, who has died at the age of 78. Photograph. Bill Smyth/PA Wire

The former South Down MP and SDLP founder member Eddie McGrady has died aged 78. He had been ill for some time.Mr McGrady spent 50 years as a councill(...)