SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney (right): “Sinn Féin is doing Tory austerity – and in spades”. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Sinn Féin has been attacked in the Northern Assembly for supporting a motion handing over responsibility for welfare cuts to Westminster rather than t(...)

Colum Eastwood: at 32, the youngest-ever leader of the SDLP and the youngest MLA in the Assembly delivered a cracking victory speech.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“That’s the best speech we’ve heard in a hundred years,” said a hugely enthused SDLP supporter to reporters at the press desk after new leader Colum E(...)

Colum Eastwood with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

New leader Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the SDLP more relevant after he was last night elected the party’s sixth leader. At 32, Mr Eastwood is(...)

Colum Eastwood, who has been elected as the new  SDLP leader is seen with the   new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney at the  party’s conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Pacemaker

The new leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood has pledged to make the party more relevant after he was last night elected the sixth leader of the party, a(...)

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell: Dolores Kelly said he came through May’s election campaign with ‘dignity and forbearance’. Photograph: Alan Betson.

SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has predicted that the “DUP-Sinn Féin junta” will cobble a deal together next week to “get them to the May election”(...)

Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

Minister for Health Jim Wells: level of  abuse that occurred in the North is not like that in Rotherham and Rochdale in England.

Northern Ireland has a problem of child sexual exploitation, a new inquiry has found, but it’s not in the realm of the abuse of young people that took(...)

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(...)

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(...)