Over the top: soldiers on the first day of Battle of the Somme, in July 1916, which for some is a key foundational moment in the creation of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Art Archive/Imperial War Museum/Getty

The people of Ireland, north and south, are in an enviable position on the eve of the centenary of 1916. We have the opportunity to end a century of v(...)

 Facilitators (from left): William Devas, Jacinta de Paor, Eamon Rafter, Barbara Walshe, Phil Killeen, Geoffrey Corry and Ian White at Glencree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In peace processes there are always the high-profile people – politicians and former military or paramilitary leaders – who make the headlines and gar(...)

Magdalene survivors Marina Gambold (left) and Maureen Sullivan after meeting with Enda Kenny last year. In order to deliver his report, Mr Justice John Quirke was assisted by 33 barristers who, over five weeks, talked to the 337 Magdalene survivors. photograph: bryan o’brien

In April last year they began making the first tentative phone calls. Hundreds of women with the same and yet infinitely different experiences answere(...)

Cancer patient and blind Palestinian girl Aseel al-Haj Ahmed.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Treatment for sick Palestinian children as part of a cross-border project is being cut back dramatically because of a drop-off in donations, a (...)