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 People gather for a Windrush generation solidarity protest in Brixton: the pattern of Theresa May’s behaviour is that of someone eager to appease a body of opinion she half-understands. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The “jobsworth” has a special place in British infamy. There is no American or Australian pejorative for a graceless bureaucrat who holds the rule boo(...)

British prime minister Theresa May’s approach does not command a majority in parliament. Photograph: Victoria Jones/Pool

After a small flutter in the dovecote of Theresa May’s cabinet over the weekend, Downing Street on Monday restated her unequivocal commitment to leavi(...)

‘RMS Leinster’: its sinking made headlines around the world.

The sinking of the RMS Leinster by a German submarine in October 1918 resulted in the greatest ever loss of life in the Irish Sea and the highest ever(...)

Soldiers work on a map of Poland for the peace conference following the first World War. Photograph: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images

Nearly 100 years ago, the Great War ended with the defeat of the Central Powers. Their military collapse went hand-in-hand with the disappearance from(...)

A large anti-conscription demonstration in Dungannon. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

The anti-conscription campaign was arguably nationalist Ireland’s most complete, and bloodless, victory over British imperialism in the 20th century. (...)

A queue outside a church to sign the anti-conscription pledge in 1918.

On April 9th, 1918, House of Commons MPs gathered for a special sitting. At 3pm, British prime minister David Lloyd George briefed the house on the si(...)

Women munition workers stacking a reserve of shell castings during the first World War. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Armistice At 11am on November 11th, 1918, the guns fell silent along the Western Front. The noise, continuous since late 1914, was said to have been (...)

Constance Markievicz in the uniform of the Irish Citizen Army.

A colourful and striking figure, Constance Markievicz could not be said at first glance to be a typical revolutionary of that revolutionary time. Born(...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis: made a brief visit to the Border in Co Armagh on Monday, his first visit since taking up his post. Photograph: Andy Rain/Reuters

Theresa May’s government has suffered its third major parliamentary defeat on Brexit in a week, with the House of Lords voting to retain the European (...)

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