John de Chastelain noted the ‘tragedy’ of the recent killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in N(...)

A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

DUP party leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at a press conference at Stormont  this week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

We have a full-blown crisis and bitter recriminations in the North and a set of spectacular figures in the economy down South. It’s all very 2002, isn(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams participates in  a national hunger strike commemoration march in Dundalk on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has insisted “the IRA has gone away” and was not involved in the killing of Belfast man Kevin McGuigan or engaged i(...)

Former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari (centre) with Prof Hastings Donnan and Prof Tony Gallagher at the launch of the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

A Belfast institute that will examine peace-building throughout the world has been opened by the former president of Finland and Nobel peace pr(...)