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Royal Irish Constabulary barracks in Clonea, Co Waterford: historians have suggested the 1919-1921 conflict was in many ways an Irish civil war.

In 1902 a journalist wrote: “The Royal Irish Constabulary is a body of Irishmen recruited from the Irish people; bone of their bone and flesh of thei(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

Billy Hutchinson says political unionism in the North must join the debate about a united Ireland, even if they do not want one.  Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Unionism cannot “bury its head in the sand like an ostrich” over the prospect of a border poll, the former UVF commander and Progressive Unionist Par(...)

Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Provisional IRA called its ceasefire 25 years ago on this date (August 31st, 1994). There might be a memory that after more than 3,000 deaths, of (...)

Lyra McKee's investigation into children who went missing during the Troubles – was due to have been published in 2020. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

Lyra McKee was murdered by the New IRA in Derry in April 2019. A 29-year-old writer and journalist, she was watching a riot in the city’s Creggan es(...)

Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

During the height of the Troubles, when one of the main professions in the North was doing Gerry Adams impersonations, the tricolour came to be regarded with suspicion, even fear. Photograph: iStock

There’s little as tiresome as someone who pompously explains the Latin or Greek root of a word in the service of some bogus point: usually, that peopl(...)

Kerry babies case: Baby John’s grave, at Holy Cross cemetery in Cahersiveen. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The decision to open a cold case review into the death of the Cahersiveen baby over 30 years ago is one of three such reviews started over the past 14(...)

Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The arresting sentence in the last chapter of Malachi O’Doherty’s Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life reads, “Gerry Adams is one of the most successful(...)

North Belfast: Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane and DUP contender Nigel Dodds have been deeply affected by the North’s Troubles. Photographs PA

There is a dark symmetry between the two main candidates in the Westminster general election contest for North Belfast. In 1989 the UDA went into the(...)

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