Minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry alleged that “members of the minority community had been left unprotected”. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

A decision by police in the North to allow an Orange parade to pass along the Garvaghy Road in Portadown on July 12th, 1986, brought Anglo-Irish rela(...)

Seán Quinn: a 20 per cent grant proposed by the North’s Industrial Development Board to help set up his Border cement factory fell far short of his expectations. Photograph: Jack McManus

The considerable difficulties faced by Fermanagh entrepreneur Seán Quinn in developing his cement business on the Fermanagh-Cavan Border in the 1980(...)

Gerry Adams: Sinn Féin leader had distributed a questionnaire to IRA prisoners asking for “details of ill treatment”. Photograph: Pat Langan

The use of the Irish language in the Maze prison caused a major headache for the Northern Ireland Office in the early 1980s, according to previously c(...)

John Hume and Séamus Mallon at the New Ireland Forum in 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan

The SDLP leader in 1984 John Hume resisted pressure from the British Government at that time to abandon his search for an all-Ireland solution in favo(...)