The then US president Bill Clinton with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Oval Office of the White House on March 17th, 2000. The success of the Northern Ireland peace process was one of Clinton’s greatest achievements. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

The journalistic dictum that the more comfortable you make people, the more they will reveal applies to the world of academic historical research t(...)

16/12/1993 - Then British Prime Minister John Major, with then Taoiseach Albert Reynolds at a press conference in London, following their joint declaration on the North. Photograph: Peter Thursfield / THE IRISH TIMES

Former British Prime Minister John Major has tonight paid tribute to the late Albert Reynolds as a “genuine hero of Irish history” after accepting an (...)

It can be argued voters never fully bought into Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

Nobody in the Government parties is pretending to be happy with the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, and those on the Independent benches can hardl(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar with Russian deputy prime minster Igor Shuvalov and Fifa president Joseph Blatter (centre) in December 2010 after the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Photograph: EPA.

John Major used to tell a story about walking through the Kremlin with then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin some time in the mid-1990s. “Boris, in one(...)

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(...)