Britain’s prime minister David Cameron defends Taoiseach’s right to comment about the potential impact a British exit could have on the peace process. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

David Cameron has suggested that Irish people working in the United Kingdom may not be affected by changes to welfare benefits in Britain’s renegotiat(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ArdFheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to contest for a place in Derry for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a bid by the party to attac(...)

Thomas Lynch with his new Irish record twaite shad of 1.64kg caught from the River Barrow at St Mullins

Specimen hunters and other anglers again managed to catch large fish covering the range of species normally reported, with new records established for(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with the veteran civil rights campaigner Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to a veteran civil rights activist who has died at the age of 89. Paddy Doherty, who was better known as “Paddy Bogside” pass(...)

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(...)