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EU funding for a cross-border bridge joining counties Down and Louth has been withdrawn.Estimates for the building of the 195-metre bridge have soared(...)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

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(...)

 SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell after addressing the party conference in Armagh.

The level of British collusion with loyalist paramilitaries was “truly shocking” but it never justified the actions of the IRA, the SDLP leader Dr Ala(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who visited Belfast on Friday, said he would like the bridge to go ahead, but that it was a question of “hard cash”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A cross-Border bridge, finally approved in July, may be lost unless a multimillion euro funding gap is resolved urgently.It is understood that unless (...)

Mary McAleese led mourners at requiem Mass for the late Paddy Leneghan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Senior State and church figures joined hundreds of mourners in Co Down yesterday for the funeral of Patrick (Paddy) Leneghan, father of former preside(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said one prosecution was being pursued in connection with the deliberate mislabelling of meat product

Farmers remain sceptical that any meat industry figures will be prosecuted for their role in the horsemeat scandal, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers(...)