Gerry Adams, Ruairí Ó Bradaigh and Martin McGuinness at Sinn Féin’s Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown in 1986. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

A surprise pre-election visit to Derry by taoiseach Garret FitzGerald on April 30th 1985 was strongly criticised by Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness. (...)

Peter Robinson sought “a hardening of the existing declaration to ensure that the men of violence and those who supported them would not be eligible to take their seats”.

Current First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson favoured banning Sinn Féin on the eve of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985, according to Bel(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry alleged that “members of the minority community had been left unprotected”. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

A decision by police in the North to allow an Orange parade to pass along the Garvaghy Road in Portadown on July 12th, 1986, brought Anglo-Irish rela(...)

The RUC tipped off gardaí about the loyalist incursion into Clontibret, Co Monaghan, in 1986, according to declassified files released today. A repo(...)

George Seawright: was reported as saying Catholics who objected to the singing of the British national anthem were “Fenian scum” who should be burned in an incinerator. Photograph: Pacemaker

The British government’s dilemma about dealing with Belfast loyalist politician George Seawright is highlighted in new files. Mr Seawright died from (...)

Ian Paisley talks to the press outside Ballybay courthouse, Co Monaghan, in March 1986, after a hearing concerning the Clontibret ‘invasion’. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

DUP MPs Peter Robinson and Ian Paisley lodged a formal protest with the British foreign office over “the totally inadequate protection” afforded to t(...)

As important as the detail of the welcome deal done on a whole series of contentious topics, and the close-to £2 billion cash settlement conjured up b(...)

Theresa Villiers: agreement “
offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future
”. Photograph: PA

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Fla(...)

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charles Flanagan after the agreement had been concluded. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

After 11 weeks of talks and 26 hours of continuous negotiations from Monday into the eve of Christmas Eve, what the North’s five main parties and the (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers at Stormont: agreement ‘offers us a new start, and a far more hopeful future.’ Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish and British governments and the five Northern Executive parties have concluded an agreement that Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanag(...)