Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

During an ineloquent but pious contribution to a Dáil debate in June 1929, Seán T O’Kelly asserted: “We of the Fianna Fáil party believe that w(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) with chairman of the corporation behind the development of the former Maze Prison site, Terence Brannigan, at  the site yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness appear to have got their political marriage back on track. The fact that the First Minister and Dep(...)

Huts at Long Kesh internment camp back in 1971.

Best known as the setting for the internment camp after August 1971 and later for the notorious H Blocks, Maze-Long Kesh is deeply symbolic of (...)

A handout image  issued by Stormont’s Department of Environment of an artist’s impression of how the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze near Lisburn will look.

An estimated £100 million (€117 million) is to be invested in the redevelopment of a site near Lisburn where the Maze prison once stood. (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asserted today at the party’s 1916 commemoration that if people wanted to know where the men and women of 1916 would have stood in later years, they would find out by looking at what they did: taking the route of constitutional republicanism.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has made a scathing attack on Sinn Féin and the Provisional movement, saying that they have "not the slightest conne(...)

For anybody involved in the Irish-language movement, Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí (above) was revered and respected

Gearóid Ó Conchubhair was watching TV at home last October when news broke that Jimmy Savile had sexually abused scores of underage girls durin(...)

Former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt photographed in 2008. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed a bid by the Real IRA's Michael McKevitt to have his conviction for directing terrorism declared a m(...)

The case against a Dublin man charged with membership of the IRA after a Garda investigation into paramilitary activity at the funeral of Alan (...)

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