Conservative Party peer Michael Howard: backed amendments that would remove treaty-breaking clauses from the Bill. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Boris Johnson suffered an overwhelming defeat in the House of Lords late on Monday over the Internal Market Bill, which would allow ministers to brea(...)

It is unfortunate that a role was never found for Ian Marshall at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Former senator Ian Marshall says “the entire unionist community feels let down and left behind” by the new government’s failure to nominate a unionist(...)

The coffin of Seamus Mallon is carried to Saint James of Jerusalem Church in Mullaghbrack, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Seamus Mallon was a “peacemaker, a bridge builder, a leader, a statesman, and a faithful worker for the Kingdom of God”, the Archbishop of Armagh and (...)

Former SDLP leader Margaret Richie described the House of Lords in 2012 as an ‘anachronistic institution’.  Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Former SDLP leader and now newly elevated member of the House of Lords Margaret Ritchie is sitting on the reputed grave of St Patrick in Downpatrick m(...)

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow: “We would not want anyone to be whipped senseless, would we?”  Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA

John Bercow has announced he will stand down as speaker of the House of Commons on October 31st, the day Britain is due to leave the European Union. I(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood was coy on suggestions of a future relationship with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Since the SDLP played a pivotal role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland they have suffered at the polls. The then leader John Hume knew by opening(...)

Colum Eastwood and  members of the SDLP after talks at  Downing Street. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

In the days before the Westminster election, an SDLP veteran had a row with two of his daughters, both in their early 20s, after they told him they we(...)

Mark Durkan of the SDLP with his wife, Jacqui, after losing his seat following the General Election count for Foyle. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

John Hume’s name has been rarely off the tongues of members of the SDLP in Derry over recent months, as they battled, unsuccessfully as it turned out,(...)

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There was no disguising the sadness in Seamus Mallon’s voice. “I am very, very disappointed and very sorry for good MPs who have lost their jobs,” he (...)

Alliance candidate for West Belfast Sorcha Eastwood casts her vote in the 2017 General Election, with her husband, Dale Shirlow, in tow. Photograph: PA

As counting continues to decide the identity of 18 Northern Ireland MPs to be elected to the House of Commons, Dublin and London were monitoring the r(...)

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