Doris Lessing on the doorstep of her London home after being told she had won the Nobel Prize for literature in October 2007.  Photograph:  Reuters

Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was one of the major fiction writers of the second half of the 20th century, producing dozens of novels, short st(...)

Republicanism has failed, nationalism is struggling to keep a united Ireland on the political agenda, and the IRA is defeated, the DUP deputy leader N(...)

The North’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Barra McGrory has asked the PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott to investigate claims and admissions that a(...)

Fr Alec Reid after he was presented with “Tipperary Person of the Year” in 2006. Photograph: John Cogill

Fr Alec Reid, who was a pivotal figure during the emerging peace process in Northern Ireland, died yesterday.Fr Reid has been described as a “pillar o(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:  said the programme shone a light on one aspect of “Britain’s dirty war” in Ireland.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The British ministry of defence is to investigate claims that a British army plainclothes undercover unit under the command of an army brigadier opera(...)

Women walk past a Loyalist mural on the   Newtonards Road in East Belfast. John Larkin has suggested that there should be an end to prosecutions into killings related to the Troubles. Photograph: Reuters

Four years ago, Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr wrote to First Minister Peter Robinson telling him that he would be “mad” to proceed with(...)

A salute to Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Belinda Lawley/Southbank Centre

In the darkness, on the bank of the Thames, Seamus Heaney’s voice, one so recently gone, filled the hall, “Between my finger and my thumb. The squat p(...)

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing in Co Tyrone on August 15, 1998

The North’s Attorney General John Larkin needed his thick neck and broad back for the metaphorical blows that rained down on him yesterday and that wi(...)

Former members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF) said that they killed an unspecified number of IRA members and shot them regardless of whether or not they were armed.

The British army ran an undercover unit that operated a sanctioned shoot-to-kill policy in Belfast during the Troubles, it has been claimed.Former mem(...)

Enda Kenny: said the suggestion would be hard for families who had lost loved ones in the Troubles to accept

The proposal by the North’s Attorney General John Larkin for a cessation of all inquiries into Troubles-related killings up to the 1998 Belfast Agreem(...)

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