Mary Lou McDonald claimed at the Sinn Féin ardfheis today that the party’s detractors are trying to push the line at in the absence of violence ‘all was well in the North’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two moments have stood out the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Wexford today, both on the same theme. Its most bellicose speeches defending the conflict were de(...)

Peadar Tóibín. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin delegates voted by a comfortable majority at the party’s ardfheis last night against a motion allowing for freedom of conscience in votin(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has apologised to the family of a garda killed by the IRA in 1980. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has apologised to the family of a garda killed by the IRA in 1980, after a plaque in his honour in the Wexford Opera Hou(...)

Prison officers carry the coffin of their colleague David Black to Molesworth Presbyterian Church in Cookstown,  Co Tyrone on November 6th 2012. A woman has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in connection with his killing. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

A second person has been charged in connection with the murder of a prison officer in 2012.David Black (52), a father of two, was shot dead as he trav(...)

The Rev Dr Michael Barry:  “We need to get to the stage where the flag itself is not the one all-important issue. Whether I am British or Irish does not depend on what flag is flying.” Photograph:
Alan Lewis/Photopress

The Rev Dr Michael Barry, the next moderator to Ireland’s 240,000 Presbyterians, has said politicians must find some way of dealing with the past. Dr (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: “very clearly . . . the Irish State was funding the guns going to the Provisional IRA”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have taken opposing positions over unionist claims that in 1969-1970 the governmen(...)

Colm Hefferon, son of Arms Trial witness Col Michael Hefferon (in photograph  frame), who has called on the Government to release more documents. Photograph: Alan Betson

The son of a former Army head of intelligence has called for an “independent trawl” of government files to help establish the truth behind the 1970(...)

In their critique of Judge Smithwick’s report, the three retired gardaí state that they have “followed the same journey as the tribunal” and “walked i(...)

The challenge made to the central findings of the Smithwick Tribunal by former gardaí John O’Brien, Michael Finnegan and Michael Staunton in this news(...)

When Judge Peter Smithwick in December published his tribunal finding that he was “satisfied there was collusion in the murders” of RUC Chief Supt Har(...)

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