Seán MacBride in 1987:   associated with movement for fair employment. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

British concern at the growing success of the Irish-American campaign to persuade US state legislatures to adopt the MacBride Principles on fair emp(...)

‘After the election the parties simply ignored their pre election commitments. The current Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett (above) was chosen by the then Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny and approved by the Dáil without any vote.’  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Each year, MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland asks a leading public figure to deliver a keynote address on the opening night in the form of(...)

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)

Kevin O’ Malley, US ambassador to Ireland, and his wife Dena, with former tánaiste Michael McDowell SC and Dr Joe Mulholland, director of the Patrick MacGill Summer School at the opening in Glenties, Co Donegal on Sunday night

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has called for urgent “now-or-never” change before the general election that would see the next ceann comhairle elect(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of Tuesday’s MacGill SummerSchool event due to a diary clash.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of a planned attendance on Tuesday at the MacGill Summer School due to a diary clash. Anti-wat(...)

SDLP leader Mark Durkan, who has retained his seat in the Foyle constituency in Co Derry. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

The SDLP’s Mark Durkan comfortably retained his parliamentary seat in the Foyle constituency in Co Derry, with his biggest ever winning margin since s(...)

Durkan (54), who is in his third Westminster election campaign, having also served as deputy first minister, blames the DUP and Sinn Féin for the latest logjam. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

While canvassing on the streets of Derry, Mark Durkan says he detects an “anti-politics vibe” on the doorsteps. It’s a reaction he has been experienci(...)

After years of being beaten by John Hume, Gregory Campbell knows it pays to stick with it. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some nationalists have a very hard view of Gregory Campbell, outgoing MP for East Derry, or East Londonderry as he always will say, considering him to(...)

 Dr James Mehaffey (l), retired Church of Ireland  Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and  Dr Edward Daly (c), retired Catholic Bishop of Derry, with mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson. The former bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/PA Wire

Two of Derry’s retired bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city by mayor Brenda Stevenson, in the last official administrative act carried (...)

Gerry Adams and  Martin McGuinness after the latter’s address at the  ardfheis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin McGuinness was in good form on Saturday morning. How much better could it get? Sinn Féin’s conference was in his native city of Derry, it wasn’(...)