Fr Dennis Faul, knowing what would happen if the hunger striker Bobby Sands died, made desperate attempts to persuade him to end his fast to the death.  PA Wire

Recent articles in The Irish Times revisited the question of the relationship between sacrifice and religiously sanctioned political violence. Since 9(...)

Gerry Adams’ book of tweets will go on sale on January 29th at a price of €8.99.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is to release a book of his best tweets this month, according to the party’s website. The book promises to show “the lig(...)

Paul Breen: ‘I would be happy with the term Londoner. I embrace the culture, identity and history of the London Irish.’

Reading the Generation Emigration article by another Fermanagh-born writer, Kylie Noble, on Monday, I found it refreshing and thought-provoking. My ow(...)

John DeLorean in 1981. There were three DeLorean stories – DeLorean the man, DeLorean the car, DeLorean the factory – and that the only place where they all overlapped was Belfast. File photograph: PA

In August 1978, the American automobile executive John Z DeLorean, a former General Motors (GM) vice-president, announced that he was setting up a fac(...)

Relatives of prisoners who died during the hunger strikes march with their pictures  at the ‘National Hunger strike Commemoration March’ in August this year. Picture Nick Bradshaw

You’d be hard pressed to find someone on these islands who doesn’t have an opinion on the hunger strikes. The 1980 and 1981 republican hunger strikes (...)

Martin O’Neill: Understands only too well the nature of tribes. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Normality in the 1970s was an escort from the Argyll Regiment of the British Army – the Pancake heads – out of Windsor Park towards the Lisburn Road. (...)

A hunger strike and dirty protest demonstration on the Falls Road, Belfast in 1980.

We are now at a key moment in the decade of centenaries that will commemorate Ireland’s difficult, contentious and protracted struggle for independen(...)

The new film gives a humane and determinedly fair-minded account of the events surrounding the hunger strikes, and of the interests of the parties inv(...)

The DUP says British Labour Party shadow chancellor John McDonnell “still has more to do” following his apology. Photograph: PA

The DUP says British Labour Party shadow chancellor John McDonnell “still has more to do” following his apology for comments he made a over a decade a(...)

 New shadow chancellor in Britain John McDonnell:  was involved in the campaign to secure the Irish in London their first St Patrick’s Day festival in 1999. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The new shadow chancellor in Britain, John McDonnell, has been among the most active MPs on Irish affairs in the House of Commons. Mr McDonnell, who(...)