Tony O’Reilly: “If his commitment to free speech was merely a pose, the Sunday Independent gave plenty of opportunity to depose it.”

Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. H(...)

Above, Sir Edward Carson’s statue can be seen as the sun sets at Stormont. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Even though the Northern Ireland Executive and other institutions of the Belfast Agreement have been running uninterrupted for over eight years from M(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

File photograph of SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell. Photograph: PA

Dr Alasdair McDonnell, after holding on to his South Belfast seat in the Westminster elections, is now having to battle to hold on to his position as (...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady: Says this is a “two horse race” between him and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The two main nationalist contenders in Newry and Armagh have interesting back stories. The SDLP’s Justin McNulty is a former Armagh All-Ireland medall(...)

File photograph of former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon with David Trimble, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Stormont. A dinner in honour of Mr Mallon was attended by hundreds in Armagh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The former SDLP deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has been hailed as a “great Irishman” and a “genuinely historic figure” who had shown “disdain for(...)

If Dr McDonnell is to have any hope of remaining at the helm, he must hold his South Belfast seat. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA

There’s a sizeable rump in the SDLP which believes that this time next year the party will have a new leader. Current captain Dr Alasdair McDonnell mi(...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly received several death threats including “bullets in the mail” in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to a new documentary.  Photograph: Frank Miller

  A new documentary to be broadcast tonight reveals that Sir Anthony O’Reilly, the one-time billionaire who is now virtually broke, receiv(...)

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(...)

The ECB rescued the European project by dint of one little phrase – Mario Draghi’s promise to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

One of the more pithy critiques of the 1998 Belfast Agreement was the assertion by SDLP deputy leader Séamus Mallon that it was, in effect, Sunningdal(...)