Gerry Adams

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PSNI officers conduct searches in the Bogside area of Derry on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The past few weeks in Northern Ireland reminded me of Sherlock Holmes’s comment about the importance of the “observation of trifles”. On the surface t(...)

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at a press conference at Connolly House in Belfast alongside prominent Sinn Fein members (from left) Bobby Storey, Gerry Kelly, and Carál Ní Chuilín following an explosives device attack on his and Bobby Storey’s homes. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called for calm and challenged those responsible for attacking his Belfast home on Friday to meet him. On Fri(...)

The duchess and duke of Sussex with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as they arrive at Government Buildings during their visit to Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

“We need a large national conversation,” opined Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, indicating she wouldn’t mind seeing a presidential election later (...)

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald: holds view there should be a presidential contest and has indicated she has identified potential candidates. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

Sinn Féin is to consider fielding a candidate in the presidential election at a meeting of its ard comhairle this month. The party’s ardfheis passed (...)

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has again called for a referendum on a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has again called for a referendum to be held on a united Ireland, just weeks after Taoiseach Leo Varakdar said suc(...)

Sources in Northern Ireland have praised the positive contribution made by incoming Garda commissioner Drew Harris in the transformation of the RUC into an impartial police force that is now supported by the nationalist community. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The selection of PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris as the best candidate to lead a reform programme within the Garda Síochána came as a shock to(...)

Drew Harris, who has 34 years’ policing experience, principally in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin has welcomed the appointment of Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner and pledged to hold him to account in his new role. The party has had a t(...)

The move by Drew Harris from the PSNI to become Garda Commissioner is groundbreaking and one that will be greeted with surprise in Garda circles. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s a hell of a job he’s taking on. That was the verdict of a source close to incoming Garda commissioner Drew Harris OBE; a 53-year-old Police Servi(...)

Stormont has had a 12-month crisis and talks cycle for four of the past five years. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

For Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, “the plates are shifting in Irish politics”. But for Northern Secretary Karen Bradley, the plates are still set for dinne(...)

 Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald makes her keynote speech during the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at Waterfront Hall on Saturday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In her acceptance speech as leader last February, Mary Lou McDonald offered only a glimpse of what her Sinn Féin would offer voters who would, until n(...)

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