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: 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(...)

Loyalist protestor outside Hillsborough during the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

1972 Under pressure both from Westminster and nationalists, and in the face of escalating violence, the Conservative British government ended the Stor(...)

 Taoiseach Dr Gatret FtizGerald and the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Hillsborough Castle, Co Down. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It was shortly before 8am on the morning of November 15th, 1985, and I was one of a group of journalists who gathered at Dublin airport for a flight t(...)

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(...)

Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 15th, 1985 was formally abjured by the British and Irish governments on April 10th, 1998 as a key concession to (...)

Tony O’Reilly: “If his commitment to free speech was merely a pose, the Sunday Independent gave plenty of opportunity to depose it.”

Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. H(...)

Above, Sir Edward Carson’s statue can be seen as the sun sets at Stormont. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Even though the Northern Ireland Executive and other institutions of the Belfast Agreement have been running uninterrupted for over eight years from M(...)