It wasn’t until the 1980s that Gerry Adams (above) and Martin McGuinness began driving forward the policy of the Armalite and the ballot box. Photograph: Pat Langan

The difference between the politics of a quarter of a century and a half a century ago in Northern Ireland is that in 1969, there was a single-party u(...)

Ciaran McKeown attends  the Ulster Peace Rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in November 1976. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ciaran McKeown, one of the founder members of the Peace People, has died aged 76. Mr McKeown died peacefully at his home in Belfast on Sunday follow(...)

Brendan Duddy: For two decades, the Derry businessman acted as an unknown intermediary between the IRA leadership and the British government.

In the small room in the house in Derry, there is space only for a sofa and a few chairs, a television, and the fireplace. It is old – there are tiles(...)

Dessie Trainor at his mother’s grave in   Drumcree.  Photograph: Liam McBurney

Armagh man Dessie Trainor shares a stage with 10 others, but they all share much more than a stage. Over the course of two hours, Trainor and his fel(...)

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The English mechanic who left £1.5 million (€1.6 million) to Sinn Féin in his will stipulated the money should only go to a political party connected (...)

Michelle O’Neill: ‘I will ask the party membership to endorse my record by re-electing me.’  Photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader and head of the party in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, is to face a challenge at the party’s ardfheis in Derry in Nove(...)

Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Provisional IRA called its ceasefire 25 years ago on this date (August 31st, 1994). There might be a memory that after more than 3,000 deaths, of (...)

Circa 1955: taoiseach Éamon de Valera (1882 - 1975) with Frank Aiken (1898 - 1983). Photograph:  Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Current controversies about the place and role of Northern Ireland post-Brexit would be even more interesting if the participants were aware of a poli(...)

Pat Rice in his kitchen which lies on the border – his left leg is in Northern Ireland and his right is in the Republic. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Pat Rice’s house is divided by the Border. It is an invisible one - for now. Straddling the geographical divide between the Republic of Ireland and N(...)

Frankie Quinn in Lisnuhull Park in Dungannon, the estate he grew up in. Photograph:James Forde

Frankie Quinn knew it was time for the IRA to call a ceasefire. “We were saying the armed struggle’s failed, it can’t win,” Quinn explains. “The jail(...)

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