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Juliane Mitchell with an Irish dancing trophy in a dress embroidered by her mother. Her medals are displayed behind her in a display made in Long Kesh by her father, a leading loyalist paramilitary who became a cross-comunity activist

“When you come to see me during the Easter break, I trust you will bring your medal with you and tell me all about the festival.” These words were wr(...)

Then-taoiseach Charles Haughey on the steps of No 10 Downing Street in London with then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1980. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Brexit may have provoked some tension between the Irish and British governments but documents released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule(...)

John Downey: wanted by Northern Ireland authorities for the murder of two UDR soldiers. File Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A man wanted for the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972 has had his bail conditions varied by the High Court.(...)

Alfredo “Freddie” Scappaticci in 1987: Stakeknife was the code-name for a British army agent inside the IRA, identified as Scappaticci. Scappaticci denies the claims. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The power of the Stakeknife story to upset comforting histories in Northern Ireland can be gauged by the range of people who never mention it. Promine(...)

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher speaks to the media in Belfast to give an update on the Stakeknife investigation.Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“If I wanted to be popular I would have got a Labrador, ” said Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher who is leading an investigation into one of t(...)

Freddie Scappaticci in west Belfast in 2003. He has been named as the British agent code-named Stakeknife. He denies this. Photograph: Pacemaker

Serving and former members of the British army as well as former members of the IRA have been questioned about the activities of the army agent Stakek(...)

Stalag XXA: Cpl Tom McGrath, who escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Photograph courtesy family collection

Until two years ago Tom McGrath had no idea that his father had served in the British army in the second World War. Neither did he know that Tom snr h(...)

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

What are you looking at? It’s a question that’s been keeping television station bosses up at night for another year, receiving reports of an ever-dwi(...)

Although there appear to have been three different Patrick Sheehans wounded during the Siege of Sebastopol, the one in the ballad was probably from Ennistymon, Co Clare. Lithograph of the Siege of Sebastopol/Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images Lithograph of the Siege of Sebastopol. The sans Pareil and The Agamemnon engaging Fort Constantine. Lithograph by A. L. Morel-Fatio. Dated 1854. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

His name was indeed Patrick Sheehan, and at least in the famous ballad, his age was “34”.  But this last detail may have been influenced by the r(...)

John Downey (66) from Donegal arrives at the High Court in Dublin on Friday for an extradition hearing over his alleged involvement in the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers over 40 years ago. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A hearing into the proposed extradition of a man wanted for the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972 has been adjourn(...)

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