The late Sam Foster: was a “huge figure” in unionism. Photograph: Alan Betson

The death has occurred of Sam Foster, who served as minister for the environment in the first Northern executive, formed in 1999 a year after the sig(...)

Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s Minister  of Health: told the Northern Assembly  yesterday that  the coroner may need to look into the cases. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Patients have died in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital while waiting for treatment, it has been claimed, with shortages of do(...)

 Alasdair McDonnell, SDLP. The battle is on to succeed him as MLA if he is re-elected to Westminster in the next election.

The SDLP contest to replace Conall McDevitt, who resigned from the Northern Assembly this week for failing to declare payments he received from his fo(...)