The coffin of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, is carried to St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, for his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

  First Minister Peter Robinson who  indicated he was prepared to resign unless there was a judicial review  into the  John Downey case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

One issue dominated public debate in the North yesterday – the increasingly toxic fallout from the collapse of the case against John Downey for(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said unionist political leaders were failing to take a stand against those who have been organising sectarian violence in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has again gone on the offensive against unionist politicians, loyalists and members of the Orange Order. Mr Adams (...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson: last week withdrew support for the peace and reconciliation centre at the Maze prison site near Lisburn. Photograph: AP Wire

Former Sinn Féin publicity director Danny Morrison has weighed in to the quarrel between Sinn Féin and the DUP by warning that tensions could lead to (...)

A piper leading the funeral of Seamus Heaney through Bellaghy yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest yesterday evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees.“May the green sods (...)

Seamus Heaney at a turf bog in Bellaghy, Co Derry, in 1986, wearing his father’s coat, hat and walking stick. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives/John J Burns Library/Boston College.

    Throughout his career Seamus Heaney had to chart his way through the tempestuous waters of being an Ulster, Irish and inte(...)

Former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, founder of the west Belfast Feile

Just over 25 years ago some of the most shocking images from the Troubles were transmitted across the globe. They showed west Belfast caught in a vort(...)

Martin McGuinness: “I extend warmest best wishes to all parents and new babies born today. God bless them.” 
Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

It was indeed a tale of two cities. There was overt celebration at the birth of the latest royal in unionist areas and, on the other side of town, a m(...)

Ulster Unioninst leader Mike Nesbitt

An award-winning book for adolescents has triggered controversy in the Northern Assembly. The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt (...)

A hunger strike protest on the Falls Road in 1981.

Two key republican figures remained in deep dispute last night about the content of Thatcher Foundation archive papers (...)