Documentary maker Peter Taylor who made the BBC programme Who Won the War? “It is clear that the British and the unionists won,” he says,  “because the union is secure and the IRA is no more.”

A former senior British Conservative minister, James Prior, has stated that “violence probably does work”, while one of the last of the IRA hunger str(...)

British prime minister Tony Blair (R) smiles with Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley at Stormont in Belfast in May, 2007.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who presided over the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland through the Belfast Agreement, (...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

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(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being ‘too passive’ on the peace process.  Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being “too passive” on the peace process.As the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire (...)

Murdoch and the politicians
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Stories in this book make the reader take a sharp intake of breath. Stories of tabloid excess, of bribery and hacking, of bullying and illegality. One(...)

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(...)

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds picks up a few tips from Margaret Murphy and Mary Tuite, both of Ardcath, Co Meath, at the opening day of the 2005 Galway Races. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“I am a risk-taker”. At first, I thought this was just harmless bravado on Albert’s part. But I soon learned he would hazard all, even being Taoiseach(...)