Northern reconciliation

The offer by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to review unionist perceptions that the State did not do enough to counter IRA activities was a useful gesture, as(...)

Tánaiste a Eamon Gilmore: “We need to acknowledge those unionists who feel that, notwithstanding the sacrifices made by members of An Garda Síochána and the Irish Army throughout the Troubles, the Irish State could have done more to prevent the IRA’s murderous activities in Border areas,” he said in Cambridge on Saturday night.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has made a strong overture to unionists that the Government is prepared to investigate allegations that the State could have(...)

A watchtower and perimeter wall marks the boundary of the former Maze Prison. “I have heard of schoolchildren arguing with their teachers that there were no loyalist prisoners in the Maze. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg News

History is contentious in Northern Ireland but there is a way for us to hang on it. For many it is an embarrassment. The work of reflecting on (...)

The anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Belfast City Hall yesterday morning. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Irish Ministers attended wreath-laying ceremonies in France and Belfast yesterday to mark the 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Minister of(...)

 Robbie Deans, coach of the Wallabies shakes hands with Israel Folau  after losing the First Test against the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium  in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Caxton Street is the pub-lined road that links Suncorp Stadium with the city of Brisbane. It is not the Champs Élysées, nor is it Park Avenue. It is t(...)

The Great War, by Peter Hart
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  • June 15, 2013, 01:00

Despite the lack of a subtitle, Peter Hart has written a military history, and a very good one it is. Brisk in style, and supported by vivid extracts (...)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (centre), with Jimmy Deenihan (left) and Shane Mac Thomais at a grave in Glasnevin cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, visited Glasnevin cemetery yesterday where he laid wreaths at the Sigerson Memorial to the volunteer(...)

Rathure, Enniscorthy, Wexford
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  • April 18, 2013, 07:00

Turkey, Kalkan The main bedroom suite in this three-bedroom villa is on the top floor (with en-suite bathroom with shower and corner whirlpool ba(...)

Candle-lit memorial shrine to Bishop Oscar Romero, murdered in El Salvador in 1998, in the Church of Notre Dame in Bruges. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Dutch, Belgian and northeastern parts of France through which Carl Clancy rode his motorcycle in November 1912 were sho(...)