Sense of possibility: a child plays against a wall in north Belfast. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Reuters

The early 1990s in Northern Ireland was a curious period. The Troubles ploughed on, with daily headlines of death and destruction. In the first eig(...)

September 7th, 1994:  Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume after their meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin to discuss a ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Albert Reynolds believed his greatest political achievement was helping to bring an end to what he called the “terrible cycle of death” in Northern Ir(...)

Undated handout file photo of Jean McConville before she vanished in 1972.  Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin has been quick to suggest the arrest of Gerry Adams was “politically motivated” but the party should treat the investigation in the same spi(...)

 Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDoanld with European candidate Lynn Boylan  after signing her election nomination papers in the Dublin Sheriff’s Office yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Controversies centred on allegations that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was in the IRA become “all the more attractive around election times”, t(...)

Political culture, political cult: republicans are true to Gerry Adams. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

It was a messy year in Northern Ireland, but there have been worse years, even since peacetime. The year started with flags disorder and ended with th(...)

Sinn Féin frontbench members Mary Lou McDonald, Pearse Doherty (left) and Gerry Adams:  the party is looking to plot its best way forward. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Sometime about 2005, when there was a spike in support for Sinn Féin in opinion polls, the possibility of a coalition arrangement with Fianna Fáil was(...)