Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie: the political landscape in South Down is much changed since  the 2015 Westminster  election – Sinn Féin made considerable gains in the constituency in March’s Assembly election. Photograph: Eric Luke

This is a big election for the SDLP. While the DUP and Sinn Féin slug it out over who will be the driving force in Northern Ireland politics, for t(...)

DUP candidate Jim Wells: he acknowledges people are mentioning the botched renewable heat incentive scheme, but says “they are still voting DUP”

South Down is a nationalist heartland where support for Sinn Féin and the SDLP is strong, so with seat numbers reduced from six to five a unionist is (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with party colleagues William Humphrey, Paula Bradley, Nelson McCausland and Nigel Dodds at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, during the Assembly elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Politics shifted a little in the Northern Ireland elections which finally came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon. After the final three seats wer(...)

Diane Dodds MEP, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds MP, returned MLA, DUP leader Arlene Foster for Fermanagh and South Tyrone and MLA for Belfast East Joanne Bunting arrive at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. Photograph: PA

The Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin will retain their position as the major parties in the power-sharing coalition administration at Stormont. The(...)

 Martin McGuinness: “It is clear that the electorate has charged the DUP and Sinn Féin to be the lead parties in the next Assembly and Executive,” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The DUP last night was on course to remain significantly ahead of Sinn Féin and in line to hold on to the First Minister position, notwithstanding war(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster at the count in Omagh: she will be delighted with the performance of her party. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sitting in the Sinn Féin offices in Derry at the latter stages of the Northern Assembly election campaign, Martin McGuinness made one definitive predi(...)

A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

With counting underway across Northern Ireland, perhaps now is a good time to take stock of what exactly is happening. The basics: There are 108 sea(...)

Former DUP health minister Jim  Wells, who was embroiled in a series of controversies in the last term, was re-elected in South Down.

The 2016 Stormont elections brought little change to South Down as all parties retained the same number of seats from the previous Assembly – although(...)

The Leaders’ Debate on BBC One Northern Ireland with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, DUP leader Arlene Foster, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Alliance Party leader David Ford. Photograph: Press Eye

“I love Arlene” were the first three words uttered on the DUP’s final Northern Assembly election broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster yesterday morning. The(...)

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 (...)

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