Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan with MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Acting Commissioner says the force is committed to ‘explosive’ change

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Social recovery needed to accompany economic recovery, says Burton

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Former senator addresses 34th MacGill Summer School on political reform

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

Order sees need to change to maintain long-established sense of relevance

“The recent union flag controversy is perhaps the most obvious example of blows suffered by loyalists in general,” says Rev Mervyn Gibson, Orange Order chaplain. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Young working-class Protestant men are ill-prepared for the new political era

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the British and Irish governments should intervene to stabilise the volatile political situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns over repeat of Orange march ban that led to serious loyalist rioting last year

Flashpoint: watercannon being used on rioters in Ardoyne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Protesters at Camp Twaddell in Ardoyne blame the Parades Commission for the current impasse

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaks to the media at Leinster House in Dublin as senior unionists met to discuss the next phase of their protest against a decision to ban a controversial Orange Order parade from passing a nationalist neighbourhood. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Unionists insist protest against Orange march ban must be peaceful

John Quinn from Belfast Community Circus performing in the Drogheda Samba Festival along West Street in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson

Round the world yachts, horses, festivals and fairies

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