Drumcree

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The bottom line from the unseen agreement, said Sammy Wilson, was that Northern Ireland was going to be treated differently than the rest of the United Kingdom. Above, speaking  at the ‘Leave Means Rally’  in Bournemouth, England, last month. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The initial DUP response to the proposed Brexit deal could be characterised as a play on a famous Bill Clinton election slogan, “It’s the union, stupi(...)

From left: Martin Doyle, Ronan McGreevy, David Smith, Joe Crilly (at back) and Michéal Coughlan (wearing sunglasses).

In April last year, I was working in London when I thought about calling in on my old buddy Joe Crilly. Joe and I knew each other for nearly 20 years.(...)

The Monaghan Way, near the border with south Armagh. Ninety-five of the Border’s 208 crossings are between Monaghan and its three northern neighbours, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Armagh.

There are more than twice as many border crossings in Co Monaghan alone as there are between Norway and Sweden, an international boundary much beloved(...)

The horror unleashed on the people of Omagh and unsuspecting visitors by a Real IRA car bomb some 20 years ago reverberates to this day and carries me(...)

The capacity for violence remained “very near to the surface” in Northern Ireland and  politicians must “take their time” in any discussions around future governance, former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has warned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has warned that holding a border poll based on the premise of securing a 50 per cent plus (...)

Orangemen gathered for a dress rehearsal over the weekend, known as the ‘Mini Twelfth’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fields around the quaint Co Armagh village of Richhill are usually quiet, bar the sounds of farmers at work, but they will today host the world ’s(...)

Drumcree parade: police stop Portadown Orangemen from walking down Garvaghy road. Photograph: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press

For the 19th year in succession Portadown Orangemen were barred from completing their annual Drumcree parade by marching down the nationalist Garvaghy(...)

Orangemen on Garvaghy Road on their way to Drumcree in 2000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Orangemen banned for 20 years from completing the controversial Drumcree parade have insisted their determination to overturn the prohibition has not (...)

Ah yes. July 1st. We’ll never feel till Christmas. You think I’m joking? Six months of 2017 gone. Six to go. If they pass with the same stealth as the(...)

A painted lady butterfly near the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Photograph: Cepa Giblin

The end of this summer in Northern Ireland is notable for something that has not happened. We have had a peaceful marching season – or at least it has(...)

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