‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

Former Labour Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain has issued an extraordinary public rebuke to his party’s Northern Ireland spokesman Ivan Lewis in a bitter argument. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former Labour Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain has issued an extraordinary public rebuke to his party’s Northern Ireland spokesman Ivan (...)

Lord Robin Eames: Joint report urged establishment of legacy commission. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

The Irish and British governments need to become directly involved in efforts to reach an agreement on dealing with Northern Ireland’s past, former Ch(...)

Sir Hugh Orde:   historic issues had “not been dealt with effectively and until they are we will get this roller-coaster ride which citizens of Northern Ireland do not need”.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Proposals for dealing with Northern Ireland’s past – rejected five years ago – must be “dusted off”, former PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh Orde has sai(...)

Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Hain said he saw “no point in endlessly searching for evidence of crimes committed so many years ago”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain, has been strongly criticised by Sinn Féin and the SDLP for saying that British so(...)

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined efforts of Richard Haass and Meghan O’Sullivan to find a way forward on parades, flag-flying and how to contend with the Troubles legacy.

Pessimism is a normal default position for many commentators in reference to Northern Ireland. And it is no different when it comes to the combined ef(...)

The Haass talks enter a crucial make-or-break day today with negotiations beginning at 8am on three highly contentious areas which have thwarted th(...)

Chief Superintendent Harry Breen

Harry Breen Chief Supt Henry Alexander “Harry” Breen, from Banbridge, Co Down, was the divisional commander for “H” Division of the RUC. This inc(...)

John Larkin: his comments recognise the realities of the Northern Ireland legal system. Photograph: PA

It is so unusual for the divided political classes of Northern Ireland to agree on anything that when it happens observers feel like taking a closer l(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: PA

The failure to establish a truth process into the Northern Ireland conflict encourages tribal myth-making, the Human Rights Commission has said.An unr(...)