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 (...)

September 7th, 1994:  Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume after their meeting in Government Buildings in Dublin to discuss a ceasefire in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Albert Reynolds believed his greatest political achievement was helping to bring an end to what he called the “terrible cycle of death” in Northern Ir(...)

The queen visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast’s Titanic quarter watched by cast members Lena Headly, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, and Conleith Hill, who plays Lord Vary. Photograp: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Old lags, oh the stories they can tell. The visit of Queen Elizabeth generated something of a feel-good factor in Belfast yesterday. There was a goo(...)

Members of the public await the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh outside the Crumlin Rd prison in Belfast, on the secon day of their visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA 1:28

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, former guest of her majesty Queen Elizabeth in Crumlin Road jail, turned tables on the British monarch this morn(...)

First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter  Robinson has  expressed “suspicion” that senior republicans such as Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness received official British guarantees that they would never face prosecution for alleged involvement in actions such as the killings of Jean McConville and Frank Hegarty. Photograph: Will Oliver/PA Wire

The comfort letters issued to the so-called republican on-the-runs (OTR) must be declared “null and void” so that pledges of non-prosecution should ha(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking to media  at the RDS Count Centre for European and local elections, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny is broadcast speaking from a count centre via satellite. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin showed this weekend there is more than one way to stage a “spectacular”. Not even halfway through the count and party leaders were alread(...)

 It’s a tough task for the SDLP’s Alex Attwood, but if he manages to get ahead of Jim Nicholson in the early counts there is a possibility he could stay there. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

If the three Northern Ireland MEPs aren’t all returned to Europe people will be surprised, but not shocked. There is an outside prospect of an upset i(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (right) said of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness yesterday: ‘If there is any evidence that he has been involved in criminal activity then he like any of the rest of us should be brought before the courts and tried.’ File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

First Minister Peter Robinson has stated he has long held that “certain people” were “left alone” by the authorities in order to safeguard the (...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (second from right) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (second from left) with HBO senior vice-president of production Jay Roewe (left) and and senior vice-president of corporate affairs Glenn Whitehead at the network’s Los Angeles offices. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes

The North’s First and Deputy First Ministers have made a joint pitch to senior executives at HBO (Home Box Of(...)