DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left ‘an indelible mark’. Photograph: Will Oliver/AFP

DUP First Minister Peter Robinson described Ian Paisley as a man who left an “indelible mark”, while Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness(...)

Rev Ian Paisley pictured in  2006  at the St Andrew’s  peace talks. Photograph: James Fraser/EPA

President Michael D Higgins said he learned of the death of Rev Ian Paisley “with sadness”, describing him as a man of “deep convictions”. In a statem(...)

File photo from 1974 of former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, who has died. Photograph: PA Wire

Dr Ian Paisley the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and former first minister of Northern Ireland has died, his wife Eileen said today. He was (...)

The first, faltering steps

Twenty years ago, after decades of street violence and armed struggle, peace came to Northern Ireland. On September 1st, 1994, following agreement on (...)

Sense of possibility: a child plays against a wall in north Belfast. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Reuters

The early 1990s in Northern Ireland was a curious period. The Troubles ploughed on, with daily headlines of death and destruction. In the first eig(...)

 Seán Quinn: wrote to the former SDLP leader John Hume, in April 1985. He said he had been treated in a “discriminatory manner”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Séan Quinn complained in the mid-1980s that sectarian discrimination lay behind the Northern Ireland authorities’ refusal to grant aid to him to de(...)

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(...)

SDLP members Seamus Mallon,  Joe Hendron, Eddie McGrady and  John Hume, the party leader, leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Photograph: Jack McManus / The Irish Times

DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson and former SDLP leader John Hume feature in previously confidential files from 1985 released today by th(...)

The Downing Street Declaration represents an enduring legacy of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds because it formally affirmed the right of the Irish p(...)

John Hume: the SDLP leader briefed Mr Reynolds, telling him that the broad philosophy of Hume-Adams could only have a chance if the British and Irish governments bought into it. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds prided himself on having a hard-nosed political philosophy that he successfully brought to Northern Ireland and the peace process. Whe(...)