President Michael D Higgins declined an invite to attend the Northern Ireland Service of Reflection and Hope.

Perhaps the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) should send a polite thank-you note to Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland, when their Service of Refle(...)

Afghan women and children on the back of a truck at the Iran-Afghanistan border. Photograph:by Mohammad Javadzadeh/ Iranian Red Crescent / AFP

As US troops left and the Taliban moved in the 20-year experiment in internationally supported democratic republican rule in Afghanistan was(...)

Contemporary loyalism is a product of the sectarian divisions of Northern Ireland and the conflict. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ulster loyalism is a rather curious beast. An “ism” without a clear ideology, beyond allegiance to a British identity and more specifically to the Cro(...)

The PSNI is most accountable police service in the European Union.

For those engaged in the negotiations leading up to the Belfast Agreement, the future of policing was a central, but seemingly intractable problem. A(...)

People power North and South: Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Whatever Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and some of the southern commentariat might say, there is a fairly broad consensus in Northern Ireland, based (...)