SDLP leader Colum Eastwood: “The SDLP has no intention of facilitating abstentionist MPs who won’t take the fight to the Tories on Brexit”

The SDLP has rejected a call for the party to give Sinn Féin candidates John Finucane and Michelle Gildernew a “clear run” respectively in North Belfa(...)

The Chuckle Brothers: the late, former first minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, smiling after being sworn in to the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont, in May 2007. Photograph: Paul Faith/Pool/PA Wire

“Stormont ceremony marks end of Northern Ireland conflict”. This definitive headline topped the front page of The Irish Times 10 years ago today, on T(...)

Timothy Spall, director Nick Hamm and  Colm Meaney of ‘The Journey’. Photograph:  Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Here’s Colm Meaney, looking much as he has looked for the past 30 years. He still has that mat of Irish curls. His face is no less lived in. His voice(...)

 Colm Meaney and  Timothy Spall in The Journey

There is a great film to be made about the negotiations that led to the St Andrews Agreement in 2006. The array of characters is as varied and compell(...)

‘To say Northern Ireland barely registers in British public discourse would be a generous understatement.’ Photograph: Justin Tallis/Getty/ AFP

‘Because of the nonsense made by the inclusion of Britain,” an Irish civil servant wrote of a 1960s cross-Border initiative, “we shall have to reopen (...)

Ian jnr and Kyle Paisley at Stormont Hotel in Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Kyle Paisley recalls a particularly dramatic re-enactment of the Old Testament story when he was five years-old in which God commanded Abraham to kill(...)

Martin McGuinness’s headstone in Derry City Cemetery. Photograph: Liam McBurney/Razorpix

Unionist politicians have claimed that a new headstone unveiled at the grave of Martin McGuinness proves the Sinn Féin politician remained an IRA memb(...)

Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin are unlikely to be the party leaders heading up the coalition – but anything is possible. Picture: Oisin McHugh/FusionShooters

The unspeakable has entered conversation in a most casual manner. So far, it comes in asides and afterthoughts, but not yet as serious discussion. How(...)

Freddie “Stakeknife” Scappaticci at the 1987 funeral of IRA man Larry Marley.  Photograph: Pacemaker

Martin McGuinness always insisted he had “no role whatsoever” in the IRA’s “execution” of British army agent Frank Hegarty from Derry in May 1986. Bri(...)

Burial of the dead with appropriate ceremony has been a core component of civilised behaviour for thousands of years. That is why the abduction, murde(...)