Widow Joanne McGibbon (centre) with her daughters Michaela and Seana and Fr Gary Donegan (extreme right) joins members of the public at a vigil in the grounds of Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne, in memory of  taxi driver and father-of-four Michael McGibbon, who was shot dead in North Belfast at the weekend. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

At Holy Cross Church in north Belfast last week, Joanne McGibbon said the local Ardoyne community was stronger than those who just days earlier had mu(...)

Masked  youths rioting in North Belfast in November 2005. “If you don’t give people who were involved in the conflict the chance to avail of the services that are available to the general public, then it makes it more difficult for these groups to civilianise.” File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A panel of experts is scheduled to present a report on disbanding paramilitary groups after the Stormont Assembly election on May 5th. The Fresh Star(...)

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The British government has lodged a subpoena with Boston College seeking access to taped interviews given by former IRA prisoner Dr Anthony McIntyre, (...)

The sign at Quinn Industrial Holdings read: ‘Remove the UDA + UVF off our mountain or face the gun.’

The management of the former Quinn Group, which operates in Co Cavan and Co Fermanagh, has faced a death threat in a major escalation in a months- lon(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

Lowering the Tricolour during the annual Easter Rising 1916 commeremoration at Arbour Hill in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The security threat posed by the current dissident version of the IRA to the 1916 commemorations raises some uncomfortable questions about the glorifi(...)

Conor McCann and Naoise McSherry in the Clann Eireann Youth Club in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

History is not just history in a place like Lurgan. The Co Armagh town has not fully emerged from the Troubles and the vast majority of Protestants an(...)

Patrick Pearse portrait by Mick O’Dea

In his 36 years Patrick Pearse contributed more to Irish society than might be conventionally sufficient to warrant him long-term posthumous attention(...)

State agents appear to have played a part in the bombing of Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road in 1993 in which nine people died. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The question arising from this week’s allegations in the Irish News of the extent of British security service involvement in IRA killings is: What was(...)