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The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including South Down – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

The future of two of Northern Ireland’s best known unionist politicians will be the focus of the Assembly election in South Down – a sprawling rural (...)

The body of a woman was found on the east end of Tyrella Beach in Co Down shortly after 3pm by a man walking his dog. File photograph: Google Street View

Police have launched an investigation after the body of a woman was discovered on Tyrella beach in Co Down on Tuesday afternoon. The body was found (...)

 New First Minister Arlene Foster: “Easter 1916 was a very violent attack on the state.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is to be elected First Minister today, has been accused of “narrowness” over her refusal to attend any of the Easter(...)

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard: “lack of discernible unionist political reaction.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has questioned unionists’ response to the declaration by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) that it remains in existence and has no inten(...)

The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie said the party strengthened its position in the constituency. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie retained her South Down seat, as the DUP’s Jim Wells controversy-strewn campaign ended in fourth place behind the Ulster U(...)

A file image of DUP politician Jim Wells, who has resigned following controversial remarks he made about gay marriage and child abuse at an election husting. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister has quit after sparking controversy over comments about same-sex marriage. Jim Wells is to step down from th(...)

The trawler is the latest in a long line of fishing vessels believed to have been dragged by submarines in the Irish Sea.  Archive photograph of a fishing vessel: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The crew of an Ardglass-based fishing trawler escaped injury when their vessel was towed by a suspected submarine off the coast of Ireland on Wednesda(...)

Margaret Ritchie:  Unionist support and determination to retain South Down should ensure she is returned. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The SDLP has laid limpet-like claim to South Down since Eddie McGrady first won the seat for the party in 1987. That’s because the seat was so hard-wo(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

Paul’s Quarry, Annalong, Co Down, where Colin Polland and Kevin O’Hare died in a  drowning incident on Saturday. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

A man died trying in vain to rescue a teenager who had been swimming at a disused quarry in Co Down at the weekend.Colin Polland (39), who is from the(...)

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