A file image of DUP politician Jim Wells, who has resigned following controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse at an election husting. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has quit after sparking controversy over comments about same-sex marriage. Jim Wells is to step down from th(...)

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 Leader Alasdair McDonnell. File photograph: PA

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has called for a “prosperity process rather than continued austerity” when launching his party’s Westminster general(...)

A new report published today by the UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee highlights that ongoing projects to bring rural communities up to speed with basic broadband access falls short of the EU202 target to provide superfast broadband - 30Mbpbs - by 2020.

Northern Ireland cannot have a two-tier approach to internet access which leaves people in rural communities with insufficient access to broadband, t(...)

Bonnys Caravan Park in  Newcastle, Co Down. Photograph: Google Street View

A multi-agency investigation has been initiated after two people were found dead at a caravan site in Newcastle, Co Down.The PSNI did not release spec(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivers his autumn statement.

The British government will pass Westminster legislation to give Northern Ireland powers over corporation tax before next May, but only if politica(...)

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(...)

Alasdair McDonnell: “Republicanism which should have been a term of inclusion . . . has been sullied by those who would force their will on others.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The SDLP reserves the right to go into “constructive opposition”, leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has told his party’s annual conference in Belfast. More(...)

Artist’s impression of the Narrow Water bridge to link south Down with the Cooley peninsula in Co Louth.

EU funding for a cross-border bridge joining counties Down and Louth has been withdrawn.Estimates for the building of the 195-metre bridge have soared(...)

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 (...)