Oliver Jeffers and his son Harland who has proved an inspiration to his doting dad.

Looking at Oliver Jeffers, you cannot help but think he himself would make a wonderful illustration. Wide-eyed, expressive and still boyish at 40, in (...)

Bloody Sunday witness Paddy Walsh creeping towards Patrick Doherty, who was shot dead by Soldier F. The Saville Report found  Doherty  had been shot and mortally wounded as he tried to crawl to safety. Photograph: Gilles Peress

It takes time to walk the length of Clarendon Street in Derry – especially with a bomb in each hand. A long, steep street lined with Georgian houses, (...)

Colum Eastwood, leader of the SDLP, delivering the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture and graveside oration,  at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must demonstrate the same level of courage as the leaders of the civil rights movement half a century ago to ensure that powersharing gove(...)

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace mediator George Mitchell with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1999. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

In 1985 a delegation of Irish-American leaders visited the US state department in Washington to seek a policy briefing on Northern Ireland. The desk (...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

Bertie Ahern said: “I wouldn’t like to be a John Hume over there [in the US] now trying to get attention, whether it was [for] Turkey, Syria, Angola or Sudan...” File photograph: Getty Images

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he “would not like to be a John Hume” in the US now, trying to elicit support for peace in Northern Ireland. (...)

“He understood where the endgame should be in Northern Ireland.” John Hume in 1971. Photograph: Watford/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty

Towards the end of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, the inestimable Eamonn McCann turns up to bemoan thin(...)

Mark Durkan of the SDLP with his wife, Jacqui, after losing his seat following the General Election count for Foyle. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

John Hume’s name has been rarely off the tongues of members of the SDLP in Derry over recent months, as they battled, unsuccessfully as it turned out,(...)

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There was no disguising the sadness in Seamus Mallon’s voice. “I am very, very disappointed and very sorry for good MPs who have lost their jobs,” he (...)

Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill and party president Gerry Adams address journalists in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 9, 2017. The party will be able to resist presure to take its seats in Westminster  but there will be a growing unease amongst its supporters if the political institutions are not resurrected in the north. REUTERS/Liam McBurney

In the confusion of the general election result, I am convinced of one thing only: the restoration of the northern Assembly and Executive will be hast(...)