Seamus Mallon

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Seamus Mallon, former SDLP  deputy leader  and former deputy first minister: said a bill of rights for Northern Ireland could not co-exist with the current emergency legislation. Photograph: Tony Harris/PA

Official criticism of Seamus Mallon of the SDLP emerges in this year’s files released by the Public Record Office in Belfast. The context was a repor(...)

For decades if not centuries before 2011, Northern Ireland’s marching bands – its “largest community arts sector”, to use Givan’s heroic description – managed without any public money.  Photograph: Eric Luke

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan has cut £50,000 from Irish language summer placements in Donegal. About 100 young people will be affected. The bu(...)

Former Deputy First Minister  Seamus Mallon (R) with former SDLP  leader John Hume: Mr Mallon’s wife Gertrude has died after a long illness. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

The death has occurred of Gertrude Mallon, wife of the former deputy SDLP leader and Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood d(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster claims she won the election but she only brought her base out – more unionists voted for her unionists than voted for other unionist candidates. Photograph Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

‘I won the election,’ said DUP leader, Arlene Foster, after the recent Stormont election. It was a blunt statement, impertinent too. It might even b(...)

NEWRY AND ARMAGH CANDIDATES: Paul Berry (Ind); Cathal Boylan (Sinn Féin); Emmet Crossan (CISTA); Megan Fearon (Sinn Féin); William Irwin (DUP); Danny Kennedy (UUP); Alan Love (UKIP); Martin McAllister (Ind); Karen McKevitt (SDLP); Justin McNulty (SDLP); Conor Murphy (Sinn Féin); Sam Nicholson (UUP); Craig Weir (Alliance); Michael Waters (Greens).

An SDLP assemblyman has said the party was “incredibly naive” to expect to win two seats in Newry and Armagh. Former All-Ireland GAA winner Justin M(...)

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(...)

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

On paper, there is a possibility of change in Newry and Armagh - though not in the way the seats will be divided between the two religious traditions(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ArdFheis 2015 in Millennium Forum, Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to contest for a place in Derry for the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a bid by the party to attac(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

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