John Hume speaking to the press at the conclusion of the talks in Stormont in, April 1998. Photograph: Alan Betson

Digital resource features posters, documents and articles relating to 1990s

Less than a third of current PSNI officers are from a Catholic background. Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Recruits still taught to check under their cars for explosive devices

PSNI constable Ronan Kerr’s hat rests on his coffin at his funeral in 2011 after he was targeted and killed by dissidents. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Parties respond to new data showing a nationalist resistance to careers in policing

The image published by artist Brian John Spencer.

Alliance leader criticises unionist politicians who retweeted the image

The site of  former Magdalene laundry in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Academics will interview those with direct experience of institutions

Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff: posted a video on Twitter featuring him with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Arlene Foster says Sinn Féin’s ‘eulogising’ of IRA is working against reconciliation

Karen Bradley with students at Belfast Metropolitan College in the Titanic Quarter during her first visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Tory MP on her first day in Northern Ireland says she is ‘here to learn’

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley: she and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney are expected to meet shortly.  Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Coveney and Northern Secretary Bradley expected to meet soon to consider deadlock

The second man arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson has been released by gardaí. Pictured are Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

Gardaí say file to be prepared for Director of Public Prosecutions

Leaders of Sinn Féin Michelle O’Neill and the Democratic Unionist Party  Arlene Foster: work is glacial because of the absence of ministers to take key executive decisions. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A year after Northern Executive collapse voters paralysed with anti-politics ennui

Karen Bradley leaves 10 Downing Street on Monday. In her first statement as Northern Secretary, Ms Bradley said restoring the Executive was her top priority.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

New Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will need time to work her way into new brief

James Brokenshire: Tánaiste Simon Coveney contacted  him from Cairo  to “wish him well, and to thank him on behalf of myself and the Irish Government”

Tánaiste praises ‘understated’ work of Northern Secretary who has stood down for lung surgery

 Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

Second man remains in custody at Letterkenny Garda station

The bullet-riddled minibus near Kingsmill in  south Armagh where 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA in 1976. File photograph:   PA Wire

Ballistic studies found guns used in the south Armagh attack were linked to 37 murders

Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and President Gerry Adams on December 9th, 2005. Photograph:  Paul Faith /PA

Senior Sinn Féin and IRA figure had been a British agent for 20 years

West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff leaving Sinn Féin’s headquarters on the Falls Road in Belfast following his suspension from all party activity for three months. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Video posted by West Tyrone MP on anniversary of Kingsmill massacre was ‘ill-judged’

Calls have been made for Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff to resign after he posted a video on social media that has been interpreted as an insult to victims of the Kingsmill massacre.

Sinn Féin MP’s posting of video with Kingsmill bread loaf on his head ‘absolutely disgusting’

 Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Board said on Thursday that between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, 15,626 patients were treated at hospital accident and emergency departments. File photograph: Getty Images

Medical staff despairing at North’s health crisis, says director of college of nursing

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: “The fact is the DUP is betraying the people of the North and the clear vote against Brexit.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president wants 20th anniversary of Belfast Agreement to be ‘positive point’ in Irish history

 Homelessness  in  Belfast city centre. The charity Depaul has 156 hostel beds in Belfast, Derry and Dungannon, including 31 family units. Photograph:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

‘I am in good shape compared to the way I was,’ says former Belfast rough sleeper

DUP leader Arlene Foster said London should move to appoint direct-rule ministers in Northern Ireland if a final attempt at brokering a deal to restore devolution failed. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill accuses DUP of blocking progressive politics

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Maurice Hayes obituary: Born July 8th, 1927 – Died December 23rd, 2017

Peter Osborne, head of the North’s Community Relations Council: “We must keep moving forward with a clear and credible path for reconciliation.”

Peter Osborne urges British and Irish governments to push politics forward in North

The PSNI said the murder accused is due to appear before Craigavon Court on Friday.

Nurse died following incident at house in Lisburn

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster will face significant challenges in 2018. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

News review of the year 2017: Northern Ireland

Thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Northern Ireland’s former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in Derry in March 2017. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Review of the year 2017: Death of Martin McGuinness

A Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman’s report has been condemned as unlawful and procedurally unfair.

Judge says ombudsman went beyond his powers in reaching conclusions on atrocity

James Brokenshire: he requested advice on what would be the appropriate salary level for MLAs, “bearing in mind the balance between their constituency and legislative functions”. Photograph: Getty Images

Review recommends MLA salaries be reduced by 27.5% in absence of powersharing

DUP leader Arlene Foster and PSNI chief constable George Hamilton at the unveiling of a memorial to victims of the Enniskillen bombing 30 years ago. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

George Hamilton and Nuala O’Loan call for Historical Investigations Unit to be set up

Unionists accuse SDLP of breaking promise on controversial amenity

Claire Smallwood from Belfast has appealed for the return of the ashes of her daughter Holly which were stolen from her home during a robbery on Tuesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Victim says Belfast police believe thieves may have thought they were stealing drugs

David Black (52) was shot dead on the M1 motorway by dissident republicans as he drove to work in Maghaberry jail.

Damien Joseph McLaughlin remanded in custody until next month after extradition

Sinn Féin billboard calls for “No Hard Border”:   the European Commission has announced “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Fear remains DUP’s unionist rivals may see accord as slippery road to united Ireland

Both British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president chief Jean-Claude Juncker put a bright complexion on the crash at their brief joint conference offering hope that all would still be resolved before the week is out. But they didn’t provide any answers as to how that might happen. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Party says no after Dublin, London and Brussels try to devise necessary fudge

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said other EU countries were fully supportive of Ireland’s position on the Border. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Government could not accept re-emergence of Border, says Tánaiste

Former Northern Ireland First Minister and ex-DUP leader Peter Robinson: “Ministers in the Republic seem to be clambering over each other to instil fear in unionist minds.” Photograph: PA.

Former DUP leader accuses Government of instilling fear in unionists

DUP leader Arlene Foster: “Her majesty’s government have a clear understanding that the DUP will not countenance any arrangement that could lead to a new border being created in the Irish Sea.” Photograph: PA

Party warns any move to ‘placate Dublin and EU’ will wreck Tory/DUP deal

The Think Before You Buy campaign  highlights how recreational drug-users fuel not just the drug trade but also serious organised crime. Photograph: iStock

Co Down officer so impressed by Think Before You Buy initiative that it has been adapted for North

DUP leader Arlene Foster waves to the crowd with deputy leader Nigel Dodds  after her speech in the party’s annual conference at the La Mon hotel in Belfast. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty assesses the mood at a very different type of DUP conference

Arlene Foster: “This party will conclude a balanced deal but we will not be party to a one-sided arrangement that rewards intransigent behaviour.”

Leader tells faithful at annual conference Sinn Féin must respect ‘our British culture’

DUP leader Arlene Foster chats with her deputy Nigel Dodds during their party’s annual conference at the La Mon hotel in Belfast. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

From calls to quit to standing on steps of Downing Street: Foster’s tumultuous year

Arlene Foster: “This party will conclude a balanced deal but we will not be party to a one-sided arrangement that rewards intransigent behaviour.”

DUP leader accuses Coveney of exploiting Brexit to press for united Ireland

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal, following the inquest into the deaths of her partner Seán McGrotty, sons Evan and Mark, sister Jodie Lee Daniels and mother Ruth Daniels. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Louise James hears family died near slipway by drowning caused by misadventure

RNLI diver John O’Raw at the inquest for five family members who died when their car slipped off Buncrana pier Co Donegal in March 2016.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Driver’s partner says Buncrana slipway should have been closed ‘as it was an accident waiting to happen’

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal after the inquest into the death of five of her family members. Photograph: PA

A inquest jury returns a verdict of death by misadventure for all five victims

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside Ruth’s daughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Audi representative gives evidence at inquest into five deaths

A policeman at  Buncrana Pier, Co Donegal after the tragedy which killed five people in March, 2016. Photograph: PA

Garda on scene found he could not stand as slipway was ‘extremely slippery’

Seán McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside her grandddaughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Five drowned after car slid on ‘treacherous’ algae on slipway into Lough Swilly

Sean McGrotty, who was in his late 40s, his two sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), and the boys’ granny Ruth Daniels (59) died alongside Mrs Daniels’ daughter Jodi-Lee (14)

Eyewitness tells inquest of hearing screams as car sank

 Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill giving a keynote speech at the start of the Sinn Fein ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Analysis: Sinn Féin in North owes political success to departing president and Martin McGuinness

Armalite and ballot box: Gerry Adams launches a Sinn Féin manifesto in 1998. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: The Sinn Féin leader’s departure will be a big moment in Irish politics

Gerry Adams, Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald at the start of the Sinn Féin ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin president expected to lay out time frame for exiting role in ‘historic’ ardfheis

Gary Haggarty, who has yet to be sentenced, is to appear in court on Wednesday where legal submissions will be made in respect of his case. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

As the crimes happened before the 1998 Belfast Agreement, even if convicted, UVF suspect would be eligible for release within two (...)

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass Gary Haggarty. Photograph: Pacemaker

Two Catholic workmen were shot dead in a sectarian UVF attack in 1994

The   breakdown of the powersharing talks has been linked to a “historic” speech from Gerry Adams at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday when he declares his future intentions. Photograph:   Mark Marlow/PA

Mood at DUP gathering also key to any future powersharing negotiations

Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. File image:  Mark Marlow/PA Wire

‘Honourable compromise’ to restore Executive remains possible, Coveney says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar lays a wreath at the war memorial in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Catholic diocesan trust says it has no objection to Enniskillen victims memorial

Former PSNI constable Peadar Heffron, who lost his leg in a terrorist attack, with with former GAA player and columnist  Joe Brolly in Belfast during a PSNI v Garda match. Photograph: Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Peadar Heffron’s story reveals difficulties many Catholics have had joining the PSNI

Northern Ireland’s Corry Evans, on right, reacts after conceding a penalty for handball during Wednesday night’s game at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lisa Evans says she understands her Twitter comments were ‘completely unacceptable’

Aaron Stewart and Rebecca Morrow from Co Derry who got engaged while at the Euros last year still hoping Northern Ireland will make it to World Cup in Russia. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Windsor Park hosts first of four World Cup qualifier games for Northern Ireland and the Republic

People attending a ceremony to unveil the new memorial to the 12 victims of the IRA’s 1987  bomb attack in Enniskillen, on Wednesday. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Local Catholic Trust has yet to decide whether monument can be placed at bomb site

The scene of the Enniskillen bombing the day after the atrocity in November 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Organisers hope monument will serve as reminder of suffering caused by Troubles

 David Scoffield QC giving his opening statement to the inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which triggered the collapse of political powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: RHI Inquiry/PA Wire.

Idea of NI energy scheme leading to money ‘going up in smoke’ anathema to public

Stormont negotiations: “We need this generation of Northern Ireland politicians to work and talk together,” said Owen Smith of the UK Labour Party. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

MLAs appear resigned to James Brokenshire docking some of their pay

James Brokenshire  making a statement in Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Are the Northern talks over? A nonsense rhyme answer from Adams is as clear as it gets

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that Northern Ireland is ‘sliding towards direct rule’. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach says Government cannot accept a return to pre-Belfast Agreement rule

The Northern Secretary James Brokenshire   said that in the absence of an Executive being established he had to begin moves to introduce a budget at Westminster. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Northern Secretary seeks legal advice on pay for Assembly members during political impasse

Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy speaks to the media at Stormont on Tuesday as talks to save the Northern Ireland Executive continued. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin warns attempt to bring in budget for North via Westminster would crash talks

Northern Ireland’s DPP Barra McGrory: made the headlines when he was appointed in November 2011 because he was Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams’s lawyer. Photograph: Gerry Moriarty

Outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory to quit post at year’s end

Sinn Féin negotiator Gerry Kelly seen in the party’s offices at Stormont, Belfast.  Photograph: PA.

Former first minister will return to powersharing negotiations on Wednesday morning

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy speaking to the media at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, as talks to save the Northern Ireland Power sharing executive continue. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin and DUP fail to reach deal to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said on October 19th that without a deal by the deadline he would have no option but to legislate for a budget for Northern Ireland at Westminster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Theresa May’s spokesman says ‘significant gaps’ remain with meetings to resume Tuesday

Parliament Buildings at Stormont. There is  the suspicion that Sinn Féin is not really interested in reinstating the Executive because it wants to exploit the uncertainty of Brexit in order to further its united Ireland ambitions

Some in SF say row is really about unionists needing to show respect to nationalists

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Is the DUP leadership up for this? We will know soon enough. Sinn Féin certainly is.” Photograph: Oisin McHugh/Fusion Shooters

Gerry Adams insists republicans are ‘up for’ agreement to reinstate Stormont

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

George Hamilton expresses concern at conduct of Police Ombudsman’s investigation

Obesity levels in the North have shown an upward trend over the last decade from the 24%  recorded in 2005/06.  Photograph: Getty Images

New survey reports that fewer people are smoking in Northern Ireland

 Glenn Barr: Involved in loyalist politics and paramilitarism from early in the Troubles. Photograph:  Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Loyalist, with other UDA leaders, met leading politicians in Washington in 1979 for talks about independence for Northern Ireland

Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris said: ‘Policing with the community is at the very centre of everything we do as a police service.’

Deputy chief constable Drew Harris says applications welcome ‘across all sections of community’

Mike Nesbitt: among the former Ulster Unionist Party leaders who joined 400 delegates at the party’s annual conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party cut to shadow of former self but some claim it is too early to write its obituary

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann says it is time for Northern Ireland institutions to move on. Photograph: PA

Robin Swann sick of progress in North being held up because one party ‘being swung by the tail’

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton: “I’m absolutely confident that there will not be misconduct established.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior officers not suspended or standing down during police ombudsman’s inquiry

Former US president Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill  at George Best Belfast City Airport

Senior Sinn Féin party figures blocked leader from securing agreement, Government sources say

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president held separate meetings with Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill in Belfast

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach warns wrong Brexit decisions threaten peace and prosperity in Ireland

Staff from the Northern Ireland Road Service close the Peace Bridge in Derry, as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

18,500 homes left without power, schools forced to close and Stormont talks postponed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May discussed the latest talks setback by phone on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Two main Northern parties still incapable of ending deadlock over Irish language

Bill Clinton was due to make a surprise visit to Belfast on Monday to try to encourage the DUP and Sinn Féin to end the political deadlock. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

British army on standby should it be required to deal with weather emergencies

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Analysis: Positive mood suggests Sinn Féin and DUP will strike Assembly deal

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire  said that clear differences remained between the DUP and Sinn Fein, and that a deal has not been reached despite recent progress.   Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Westminster readies to allow for Stormont reinstatement if deal reached

The PSNI have appealed to the  public to come forward if they have any details that could help the inquiry. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Three people arrested over crash in Fermanagh which PSNI believes involved two cars

Marie Conlon’s body was found by PSNI officers at her home at Larkspur Rise (general view above) in west Belfast after concerns were raised about her whereabouts. File photograph: Google Street View

PSNI detectives question man aged 23 over death of 68-year-old Marie Conlon

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Coveney says negotiations at a ‘sensitive’ stage with possibility of deal by weekend

Jackie Larkin, whose brother Gerard Brady was murdered by the Mount Vernon UVF in 1994, and Ciaran Fox, whose father Eamon Fox was also murdered  by the UVF, speaking to the press after the DPP’s decision. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Killer Gary Haggarty’s case latest in long list of failures

Former senior loyalist paramilitary turned so-called supergrass  Gary Haggarty. Photograph: Pacemaker

Evidence of loyalist paramilitary Gary Haggarty will not be used against group

Maíria Cahill, above, and two other women alleged they were sexually abused by IRA member Martin Morris when they were in their teens. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Reports assesses PPS performance in wake of its mishandling of Maíria Cahill rape claims

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/

Northern Secretary said some progress made but ‘clear differences’ remain

Arlene Foster:  “What we can’t see happening is the Gaelicisation of areas where there is no desire or demand for the Irish language.” Photograph: Getty Images

North’s two main parties trying to resolve differences over proposed Irish language act

German fans celebrate in Windsor Park. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

The local side were no match for the world champions but should still make play-offs

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

People of different traditions ‘can be united by our common rights’, SDLP leader says

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