‘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(...)

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 (...)

Ill-judged narration: Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh

It was a time when, to coin a phrase, we all partied. The capital was notorious for its conspicuous consumption, with money pumped into showpiece p(...)

Sense of possibility: a child plays against a wall in north Belfast. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Reuters

The early 1990s in Northern Ireland was a curious period. The Troubles ploughed on, with daily headlines of death and destruction. In the first eig(...)

Loyalists taking part in the Orange Order protest rally against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in 1986. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

The key roles of secretary of state Douglas Hurd and RUC chief constable Sir Jack Hermon in the RUC decision to re-route a controversial Orange parad(...)

Douglas Hurd: RUC report, presented to the NI secretary in December 1984, reveals a housewife’s death occurred during alleged rioting on the Falls Road in 1981. Photograph: Frank Miller

A confidential police report into the killing of an innocent civilian, Norah McCabe, by a plastic bullet fired from an RUC Land Rover at the height o(...)

Gary Hart is also meeting with representatives from the UK and Irish governments on his visit across the Atlantic. Photograph: Reuters

A former US senator tasked by Washington to assess the state of the peace process in Northern Ireland has met politicians in Belfast.Gary Hart, a two-(...)

Nancy Soderberg was Bill Clinton’s deputy national security adviser

A senior aide to former US president Bill Clinton has accused unionists and nationalists of an “abysmal abdication of leadership” and of being “far to(...)

Forensic archaeologists examine five acres of a bog in Oristown Co Meath, as a fresh search for the body of Brendan Megraw, who was murdered and secretly buried by the IRA, commences. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Oristown bog probably hasn’t changed much since Brendan Megraw Disappeared in April 1978. The pinkisk-purple heather is still bringing colour to the r(...)

Gardaí displaying their marching skills during their graduation veremony at the Garda College,Templemore. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The first Garda recruits in five years will undergo a revamped training programme when they report to the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary(...)