To fail to respect the Orange Order is not necessarily to disrespect Protestants or Protestantism. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Any time I feel depressed about the North, which is regularly, I think back on the occasion I marched up the Shankill and down the Falls and was greet(...)

Seamus Heaney at a turf bog in Bellaghy, Co Derry, in 1986, wearing his father’s coat, hat and walking stick. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives/John J Burns Library/Boston College.

    Throughout his career Seamus Heaney had to chart his way through the tempestuous waters of being an Ulster, Irish and inte(...)

Peace activists Niall Farrell and Margaretta D’arcy are detained by police as they attempt to block the runway of Shannon Airport in protest at the use of the airport by the US military. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Two anti-war activists have been arrested for a second time at a protest at Shannon Airport. Margaretta D’Arcy (79) and Niall Farrell (60) - the broth(...)

A watchtower and perimeter wall marks the boundary of the former Maze Prison. “I have heard of schoolchildren arguing with their teachers that there were no loyalist prisoners in the Maze. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg News

History is contentious in Northern Ireland but there is a way for us to hang on it. For many it is an embarrassment. The work of reflecting on (...)

 Construction of the Maze prison on the  outskirts of Lisburn, nine miles southwest of Belfast. Photograph: Ciaran Donnelly /THE IRISH TIMES

The continuing controversy over the DUP’s decision to withdraw support for a peace and reconciliation centre at the Maze prison site has triggered a b(...)

 Jean McConville  with three of her children shortly before she disappeared in 1972. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

The family of Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered by the IRA more than 40 years ago, is suing the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)(...)

The family of a woman murdered and secretly buried by the IRA more than 40 years ago are to sue the PSNI and the British government. Relatives of Jean(...)

Kieran Doherty (31), was shot dead in February 2010 and his body dumped near Derry.

Relatives of a dissident republican shot dead by former associates in the Real IRA are to receive compensation for his death.The amount agreed by the (...)

Democratic Unionist councillor Ruth Patterson, with her solicitor Denis Moloney, arriving at Belfast Magistrates Court today in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A Democratic Unionist Party councillor has appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged in connection with a comment she posted on Facebook. Ruth Pat(...)

A man has been arrested by the PSNI in connection with the murder of two soldiers in Belfast more than 35 years ago.

A man has been arrested by police in the North in connection with the murder of two soldiers in Belfast more than 35 years ago.Privates Michael Harris(...)

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