A dead sparrowhawk. Photograph: Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime

More than 30 protected birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in five years, according to a report on wildlife crime. A golden eagle, white-ta(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Kate Nash: “You look at the way the whole thing is being handled and you know it’s all more about politics than finding the truth.” Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At Westminster on October 12th, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers will introduce legislation on dealing with the past. But the chances of it working(...)

Mr Durkan mentioned in particular the “scourge” of fuel laundering. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark Durkan has called for a “war on environmental crime” including fuel laundering and infiltration of the wast(...)

‘It is a measure of the cynicism surrounding policing and justice in the North in cases which are politically sensitive or can be made to seem so that speculation is widespread that the matter will never reach court.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has made a number of arrests following the killing of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast last week. No inference (...)

Sixteen people lost their lives on Fermanagh’s roads in the last two years, making it the area in Northern Ireland with the highest death toll from(...)

The bomb was left at Glenrandel in the village of Eglinton on the outskirts of Derry city. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Three men have been arrested in the Republic in the wake of an attempted booby trap bomb attack on a car belonging to a couple who are PSNI officers.(...)