John Hume ponders the options during final deliberations on the Belfast Agreement

Even after a lapse of 15 years, the drama, tension and excitement of the days leading up to the Belfast Agreement remain vivid memories to all (...)

Lough Erne Resort outside Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh,  the venue for next June’s G8 summit.  “David Cameron’s decision to host the G8 in Fermanagh provides us with a golden opportunity.” Photograph: PA

Today we should reflect on just how far Northern Ireland has come since the Belfast Agreement 15 years ago. It was a truly historic achievement(...)

Fifteen years on and the sight of Northern Irish politicians walking up to the door of 10 Downing Street – once a staple for television bulleti(...)

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, in May  2007.  Photograph:  Paul Faith

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness emerged dissatisfied from Downing Street following his most recent visit. He described the meeting he and Peter R(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Enterprise Arlene Foster said a research project led by Glen Dimplex could deliver an additional £500,000 a year in salaries into the local economy.

A Northern Ireland-based research project led by Glen Dimplex, the electrical heating company, has created 37 “advanced manufacturing jobs”, th(...)

Then taoiseach Garret FitzGerald shakes hands with Margaret Thatcher after signing the Anglo Irish Agreement.

Margaret Thatcher had a huge influence on Ireland during her 11 years as British prime minister. She was loathed by republicans, disliked by na(...)

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle this year

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson set the tone of unionist responses to Margaret Thatcher’s death by claiming she was “one of the greatest(...)

Margaret Thatcher waves from the front door of her home after returning from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following an operation on her broken arm on June 29, 2009 in London, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, perhaps the most distinctive and divisive British politician since the second(...)

Wind turbines on Scrine Hill outside Roscommon Town. Photograph: Gerard O’Loughlin

The proposals to build 2,300 wind turbines in the midlands to serve the UK market is already proving to be contentious even before a single one(...)

Patients in need of regular medicines are being hit by a “double whammy” of prescriptions for branded drugs and higher Southern charges compare(...)