‘The world doesn’t seem to understand that there really are people who are content to live alone.’ Ann Widdecombe in Belfast last week. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At 8am in a Belfast hotel, Ann Widdecombe, who the night before was participating in the Belfast Book Festival, is already looking bright and breez(...)

Martin McGuinness: claimed any deaths of civilians in IRA operations were due to “mistakes”. Photograph: PA

‘Obviously people will have their own interpretation of that” was one of the starker lines delivered by Martin McGuinness during a debate at the Oxfor(...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who told the Oxford Union last night that he was “absolutely prepared to say sorry to people whose lives I have affected”. Photograph: Daniel Ming/Al Jazeera

The IRA could “have killed thousands on the streets of London and in Northern Ireland” during the Troubles, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister M(...)