Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness and Pearse Doherty (left) after the leader’s address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis   in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend, were Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness conjuring at the back of their minds th(...)

Dr Garret FitzGerald signs the Anglo-Irish Agreement with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Margaret Thatcher whom I first met as minister for foreign affairs in the spring of 1975, shortly after her election as leader of the Conservat(...)

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is already controversial in Britain, and it’s not due to take place until Wednesday. Photograph: PA Wire

At Charlie Haughey’s funeral there was a great deal of silence, and crash barriers stood at the side of the roads for the crowds that never cam(...)

Divisive: Margaret Thatcher, photographed in 1987. Photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

She was a polarising figure in life, so it was hardly surprising that Margaret Thatcher should prove equally divisive in death. As well the sharply(...)

In early 1972, Tony Heffernan was outside the British embassy, then located on Merrion Square in Dublin, protesting at the massacre of civilian(...)

True blue: Margaret Thatcher, photographed in 1981, came across as the ultimate conviction politician. Photograph: ITV/Rex Features
Thatcher’s Irish eyes
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  • April 13, 2013, 06:00

The sight of Margaret Thatcher’s blazing and unblinking eyes, filmed in 1981 and televised again this week, brought it all back again as she v(...)

File photo of Rose Lynch, who was jailed for life for murder today.

A female Continuity IRA assassin who shot dead an innocent father-of-two as he prepared to go to work has been sentenced to life imprisonment b(...)

British prime minister David Cameron said the Belfast Agreement ’represented a massive step forward from what has gone before, a clear manifestation that politics and democracy would triumph over violence’. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Belfast Agreement did not provide a template for either establishing stable devolution or moving Northern Ireland forward, the First Minist(...)

Martin McGuinness tweeted: “Resist celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher. She was not a peacemaker but it is a mistake to allow her death to poison our minds.” Photograph: Reuters/David Moir

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has urged republicans to “resist” the temptation to celebrate the death of the former (...)

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness: the Chuckle Brothers cheered people up –  and in a place that needed cheering, that was important. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three days after her death there is still much discussion about Margaret Thatcher’s divisive yet curiously productive role in modern Irish hist(...)

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