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 independ(...)

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(...)

A major bonfire burning on Saturday night, right beside terraced houses at Chobham Street, east Belfast. A large section of the pallets in the fire collapsed as they burned. Photograph:  Justin Kernoghan/Alan Lewis/

Fire-fighters had to douse a number of homes with jets of water to protect them from a major “Eleventh Night” bonfire in east Belfast on Saturday nigh(...)

The Northern Ireland elections concluded at daylight with significant changes in the electoral arithmetic after the DUP regained East Belfast and the (...)

“The most westerly constituency is not only red, white and blue, it’s represented,” said the UUP’s Tom Elliott. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Unionist candidate Tom Elliott criticised Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy as he claimed victory in the Fermanagh South Tyrone constituency after 5am (...)

Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

Weekend in . . . Belfast: take a ‘black taxi tour’ to better understand the city’s fraught history. Drivers deliver a running commentary on the Troubles and explain the significance of the numerous political murals. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/The New York Times:

Avoided, underrated or just plain forgotten, Belfast is a city that’s been fighting a bad reputation for half a century. A visit today, however, is(...)