File photograph of former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon with David Trimble, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Stormont. A dinner in honour of Mr Mallon was attended by hundreds in Armagh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has been hailed as a “great Irishman” and a “genuinely historic figure” who had shown “disdain for(...)

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(...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly received several death threats including “bullets in the mail” in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to a new documentary.  Photograph: Frank Miller

  A new documentary to be broadcast tonight reveals that Sir Anthony O’Reilly, the one-time billionaire who is now virtually broke, receiv(...)

Documentary maker Peter Taylor who made the BBC programme Who Won the War? “It is clear that the British and the unionists won,” he says,  “because the union is secure and the IRA is no more.”

A former senior British Conservative minister, James Prior, has stated that “violence probably does work”, while one of the last of the IRA hunger str(...)

The ECB rescued the European project by dint of one little phrase – Mario Draghi’s promise to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

One of the more pithy critiques of the 1998 Belfast Agreement was the assertion by SDLP deputy leader Séamus Mallon that it was, in effect, Sunningdal(...)

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(...)

Former SDLP leaders Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie with the former deputy leader of the party Seamus Mallon at the annual SDLP conference, in Armagh. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

Saturday afternoon’s session of the annual SDLP conference in the Armagh City Hotel was powerful, poignant and quietly emotional. Anne Cadwallader, au(...)

Éamon de Valera under arrest in Richmond Barracks, Dublin after the 1916 Rising. Fifty years later his role in that event was used to assist his re-election as president.

The powerful television documentary about the disappeared has obviously proved embarrassing for Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams but it should also prompt(...)

Sinn Féin frontbench members Mary Lou McDonald, Pearse Doherty (left) and Gerry Adams:  the party is looking to plot its best way forward. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Sometime about 2005, when there was a spike in support for Sinn Féin in opinion polls, the possibility of a coalition arrangement with Fianna Fáil was(...)