The British army checkpoint at Buncrana Road, outside Derry, where a car bomb driven by Patsy Gillespie exploded, killing him and five soldiers. Photograph: George Jackson

The widow of Patsy Gillespie, who died after he was strapped into a car and forced to drive an IRA car bomb into a British Army checkpoint, has said (...)

Martin McGuinness following his arrest in December  1972.

“You know how much life has changed when you’re having a Republican tea - a bottle of orange and a bap - in the back of a car, just a few minutes from(...)

Gerry Adams (from left) and Martin McGuinness with Tony Blair and Jonathan Powell at Westminster in 2007. ‘He deserves to be remembered for the risks he took and the success he achieved in making Northern Ireland a better place.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organ(...)

Martin McGuinness (right) and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the funeral of Patrick Kelly, a reputed IRA commander in East Tyrone shot dead by the SAS in 1987. File photograph: PA Wire

May 23rd, 1950: James Martin Pacelli McGuinness is born in Derry. The city was riven by poverty, unemployment and discrimination. Gerrymandering meant(...)

Lilies left in remembrance to Martin McGuinness at the gates of the Sinn Féin offices at Connolly House, Andersonstown, Belfast. Photograph: PA

History will judge Martin McGuinness kindly according to people living in the republican heartland of west Belfast. There was a sense of shock and sa(...)

 Martin McGuinness speaking in the Edmund Burke Hall at Trinity College Dublin in March, 1995.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

I started reporting in Northern Ireland in 1975. From then onwards the paths of the former IRA commander and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness a(...)

Ivor Bell (80) is charged in connection with the IRA murder of Jean McConville. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Medical reports are not yet ready on a veteran republican charged in connection with the IRA murder of Jean McConville, a court in Belfast has heard. (...)

 Dr Margaret Bolster and actor Concubhar Lucey who plays Prof Pearson.

It was arguably one of the first Irish murders to be solved through the use of forensic science but the conviction of Dr Philip Cross for the killing (...)

The grand procession in honor of the Fenian exiles, in New York, in February, 1871

This is a book of 10 essays, two of which were written specifically for this publication by Oliver P Rafferty, a Jesuit priest and professor of histor(...)

Sinn Féin’s new leader Michelle O’Neill (left) arrives to address the IRA gunmen commemoration in Clonoe, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If the wreath-laying ceremony at the spot where four IRA gunmen were shot dead was a test for Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s new leader in Northern Ire(...)