Eoin Ro Wilson casts his vote during the Irish Youth Referendum  in west Belfast. Photograph: Matt Bohill Pacemaker

“Tiocfaidh ár lá,” declared a smiling Mike Nesbitt to the 12-17 year-olds from Ballymurphy’s Glor na Mona youth club in very nationalist west Belfast.(...)

The outbreak of violence in Derry on Easter Monday during an illegal dissident republican parade is a sinister development that should concentrate the minds of the major political parties in the North. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The outbreak of violence in Derry on Easter Monday during an illegal dissident republican parade is a sinister development that should concentrate the(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

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(...)

Standard Dublin housing in the  1990s:  kitchen, dining room, sitting room, three bedrooms and a bathroom. Plus an open fire, and lots of colours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Many moons ago I worked for McInerney International, a newly formed branch of McInerney Homes, the well-known Irish housebuilders. The company took up(...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

Spending on the  2017 Assembly election campaign by nine of Northern Ireland’s political parties totalled £150,080

Sinn Féin spent more money than any other political party during the Northern Ireland Assembly election campaign which ran from mid-January to polling(...)

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness was attached to a bonfire  in east Belfast ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season - the Twelfth of July. Photograph: PA Wire

A black coffin with an image of the late Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness has been attached to a bonfire near the Castlereagh Road in(...)

Masked men continue to build a bonfire at Inverary Playing Fields in Belfast. Police in Northern Ireland have warned their resources could be stretched amid growing fears of tension around the burning of Eleventh night bonfires. Photograph: PA Wire

Masked loyalists appear to have broken a court order banning them from extending an Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast. The loyalists, wearing balacla(...)

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