The Northern Ireland RHI system was flawed becaus there was no cap placed on usage of the boilers while grants were overgenerous.  File photograph: Getty

More than 800 individuals and companies received £62 million under the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, the North’s Department for the E(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

Thousands of people marched in Belfast on Saturday calling for an Irish Language Act. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Thousands of people from across Ireland staged a rally and march in Belfast on Saturday calling for the introduction of an Irish Language Act in the N(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

Northern Ireland’s  soon-to-depart director of public prosecutions Barra McGrory QC:  said dealing with the past will be a continuing “difficulty” for any DPP in Northern Ireland.   Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

With considerable understatement, the soon-to-depart director of public prosecutions Barra McGrory QC said dealing with the past will be a continuing (...)

Northern Ireland’s director of public prosecutions Barra McGrory QC.  Photo: Gerry Moriarty

Dealing with the legacy of the Troubles will be a difficulty for any director of public prosecutions, the North’s DPP Barra McGrory, QC, said on Wedne(...)

 Former SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie: the political landscape in South Down is much changed since  the 2015 Westminster  election – Sinn Féin made considerable gains in the constituency in March’s Assembly election. Photograph: Eric Luke

This is a big election for the SDLP. While the DUP and Sinn Féin slug it out over who will be the driving force in Northern Ireland politics, for t(...)

Documentary-maker Peter Taylor with Brendan Duddy, the man he dubbed the “secret peacemaker”. Photograph courtesy of Duddy family

The “secret peacemaker” Brendan Duddy risked his life to make an “incalculable” contribution to peace, mourners at his funeral in Derry were told on M(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/Reuters

Prince Charles described remembering the Irish and British dead of the first World War and Easter Rising at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin as “deeply m(...)

Prince Charles shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a visit to the British Ambassador’s residence in Glencairn, Co Dublin. Pool photograph: Damien Eagers

Prince Charles met Gerry Adams at the British ambassador’s home, Glencairn House, marking the Sinn Féin president’s first visit to the south Co Dublin(...)