Contemporary loyalism is a product of the sectarian divisions of Northern Ireland and the conflict. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ulster loyalism is a rather curious beast. An “ism” without a clear ideology, beyond allegiance to a British identity and more specifically to the Cro(...)

Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and George Mitchell smiling on April 10th, 1998, after they signed a historic agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, ending a 30-year conflict. Photograph: Dan Chung

It was 6am at Stormont’s Castle Buildings on Good Friday 1998. The facilities for the media had not provided for an overnight stay, with the result th(...)

Labour MP Conor McGinn in the debating chamber of the House of Commons introducing his introduce his Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Bill. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

MPs have voted to give a second reading to a bill that would give same-sex couples in Northern Ireland the right to marry. Introducing the bill in t(...)

Clint Massey, a former resident of Kincora Boys’ Home, outside Banbridge Courthouse in May 2016 as a public inquiry  examined allegations of abuse at the notorious facility in east Belfast. File photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey has died. Mr Massey spent eight months in the notorious East Belfast residential home at age 16. The facil(...)

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: London’s priority is to negotiate a future relationship with the EU allowing it to trade freely without any borders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Ostensibly, the Irish protocol to the EU’s draft Withdrawal Agreement is simply about honouring – or “operationalising” in legal language – the UK’s p(...)

Jim Clerkin joined Co-operatoin Ireland when still working in Ireland in 1994 and founded a chapter on the US west coast in San Francisco three years later. Photograph:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet and Chandon

Jim Clerkin wants to put an organisation he heads out of business. The chief executive of Moët Hennessy North America chairs Co-operation Ireland US, (...)

New Sinn Féin leader speaks at a special ard fheis on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TDs will not be allowed a conscience vote on abortion and anyone who deviates from the party line will be disciplined, the party’s new leade(...)

Dubliner and campaigner Laura Lee, who has died suddenly. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tributes have been paid to Dublin woman Laura Lee, a prominent campaigner for the rights of sex workers, following her sudden death. Ms Lee, who was(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Sinn Féin “have tried to change the narrative of what happened”.

The Sinn Féin leadership needs to be far more honest about atrocities committed by the IRA during the troubles in the North, according to Fianna Fáil (...)

The arrival of new Northern Secretary Karen Bradley in Belfast yesterday, just two days after her appointment, was a positive sign that she is interes(...)

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