Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has played down reports that eight people, including former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, are to share more than £1.6 million in compensation from the British government. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has played down the impact of reports that eight people, including leading republican Danny M(...)

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 (...)

Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes in the Maze prison: In Adams’ eyes, the use of hunger strike as a form of republican struggle had been somewhat discredited; he had read about it failing, experienced it failing, and thus saw such action as a relatively ineffective form of political protest

“The eejit in the next bed is doing his staunch Republican bit – ‘McSwiney [sic] taught us how to die’ he is saying to the locker at the moment”. So w(...)

Jo Berry,  whose father Anthony Berry MP was killed by the Brighton bomb, with Patrick Magee, the man who planted the device at the launch of an exhibition on forgiveness in 2005. Photograph: PA

When I mentioned having studied ‘Troubles fiction’ while in prison, typically, the novels of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour, I often meet with pol(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The cover of the Budget 2016 document unveiled by the Government is illustrated with a silhouetted woman in office garb, carrying a baby in one arm an(...)

Drogheda United managerJohn McDonnell: his side have taken just two points from the last 22 on offer. Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Limerick defender Robbie Williams has targeted winning five of their remaining eight games in the hope of completing their great escape. While they re(...)

Kevin Brady’s funeral started peacefully. As with other funerals in west Belfast last week, police were nowhere to be seen, and the only evidence of a(...)

Allies: Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes in Long Kesh internment camp. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopressbelfast.co.uk

If the IRA has a holy day in the year other than at Easter it is in June. Usually on a Sunday in the third week of that month hundreds of republicans (...)

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(...)