The first, faltering steps

Twenty years ago, after decades of street violence and armed struggle, peace came to Northern Ireland. On September 1st, 1994, following agreement on (...)

Demonstrators at a pro choice protest in Dublin earlier this month.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In order to advance their view on the abortion issue the campaigners on both sides seem determined not only to take side swipes at politicians opposed(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being ‘too passive’ on the peace process.  Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being “too passive” on the peace process.As the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire (...)

Nancy Soderberg was Bill Clinton’s deputy national security adviser

A senior aide to former US president Bill Clinton has accused unionists and nationalists of an “abysmal abdication of leadership” and of being “far to(...)

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Number 37 Mespil Road is Mike and Lou Soden’s 20th home, they think. An international career in banking saw the Sodens live at various times over t(...)

The entertainer Paddy Cole at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds , at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

An instrumental piece played during the funeral Mass was a favourite of Albert and Kathleen Reynolds since they danced to it more than 50 years ago. (...)

The coffin of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds arriving at Shanganagh Cemetery  following his funeral service at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Maxwells/PA

The Defence Forces played the defining role on behalf of the State at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds. When the funeral Mass ended in(...)

Former British prime minister Sir John Major with former taoiseach Albert Reynolds in 1993: Sir John Major is expected to attend the late taoiseach’s funeral. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Former British prime minister Sir John Major is expected at the requiem Mass of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds at noon today along with President Mi(...)

Kathleen Reynolds follows the coffin as it is carried from the Mansion House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

At nearly 10pm on Saturday night, the queue to sympathise with an exhausted Kathleen Reynolds and her family was still moving slowly up the aisle of D(...)

Queues at the Mansion House, Dublin, on Saturday where people was given the opportunity to see Albert Reynolds reposing. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

The late former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was described as a man of “passion, purpose and courage” at his removal service at the Church of the Sacre(...)