The party faithful are conditioned to accept what the leader says, and indeed don’t care if he was in the IRA or not.

Following the remarkable success of Sinn Féin in the recent local and European contests, and in reasonable anticipation of further gains in the next g(...)

Matt Carthy (right) , Sinn Fein candidate in the European Elections , canvassing Alan Grey, jeweller, at Dundalk , Co. Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There are a few similarities between Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy and Fianna Fáil’s Thomas Byrne. Both are boyish-looking 36-year-olds and are married with(...)

Gerry Adams: “Worried about the damage [his arrest] may be doing to the image of policing,” according to Assembly member Gerry Kelly. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been released by the PSNI investigating the murder of 37-year-old mother of 10 Jean McConville in 1972.A file on t(...)

David Holmes in his studio: ‘I’ve always loved living in Belfast; with my DJing career I’ve travelled all round the world, but I always wanted to come back.’ Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

David Holmes just wants a quiet life. He says so, almost as soon as we sit down to talk in the kitchen table of his home in Belfast, which is littered(...)

 Actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images

It’s January 2013, and Michael Fassbender is sheltering from the icy mountain winds in a class of faux-Alpine lodge near a lake in Co Wicklow. Obvious(...)

The Other Cheek? by John Keane; Ulster Museum collection

The bronze woman has been flung on to her back by the force of the explosion: legs splayed, arms contorted, face obscured. Frozen in the eterna(...)

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly MLA at Stormont yesterday after a meeting with Northern Secretary Teresa Villiers

The issue of the on-the-run republican paramilitary suspects has been a longstanding problem which the British and Irish governments have tried(...)

Geraldine Finucane (centre), wife of late Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane,  and her two sons Michael (right), and John Finucane (left), holding a press conference in Westminster  after hearing the report by Sir Desmond de Silva QC into her husband’s murder  in 1989. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Amnesty has described the British government’s refusal to hold an independent inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane 25 year(...)

Celtic supporters were fined €50k by Uefa for this display before the Champions League Goup H match against AC Milan at Celtic Park in November. Photograph: Brian Stewart/EPA

Scottish champions Celtic have been fined €50,000 after “illicit” banners were displayed by fans during a Champions League match against AC Milan in (...)

Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: “We did not let Maggie Thatcher criminalise them and we are not going to let 
Fianna Fá
a
il criminalise them 
today.”

Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has accused Fianna Fáil of attempting to criminalise the 1981 hunger strikers, in the same way as former British PM(...)