Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney during the Party Conference last Saturday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood, the 32-year-old new leader of the SDLP, has a mountain to climb to make his party relevant. On BBC this week, a Spotlight programme lo(...)

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(...)

The thran man: Alasdair McDonnell, leader of the SDLP. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell is what is known in parts of Ulster as a thran man. That means he is stubborn. He is also a political bruiser imbued(...)

 Nama chairman Frank Daly: told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee he would not give evidence to the Stormont inquiry.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) is to take the lead role in investigating allegations of corruption relating to the sale of the National Asset Man(...)

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(...)