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Basil McCrea: supported the proposal

GERRY MORIARTY The Northern Assembly has rejected a Sinn Féin motion to legalise same se(...)

A file image of broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, who was presented with the inaugural Mary Cummins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hell was mentioned twice this last weekend in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, where the inaugural Women in Media event was held. It was first evoked by Sinn(...)

A hunger strike protest on the Falls Road in 1981.

Two key republican figures remained in deep dispute last night about the content of Thatcher Foundation archive papers (...)

James Lawless, editor of Cuisle, the Fianna Fáil newsletter, at his stand on the second day of the party’s 74th Ardfeis in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

This will go down as one of the most nondescript of the 74 ardfheiseanna that Fianna Fáil has held. There was none of the messianic adul(...)

Protestors wave Union Flags in front of Belfast’s City Hall last December. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

First Minister Peter Robinson has described the decision to limit the flying of the British union flag at Belfast City Hall as disastrou(...)

 Seán Haughey watches party leader Micheál Martin addressing the faithful: Photograph: Alan Betson

Hello. It’s us again. In your living room. No, honestly, we’re grand sitting here quietly in the corner, saying nothing. Do(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton giving a speech last weekend  in which she said we have “reached the limits of austerity now”. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The outbreak of political posturing by elements in both Coalition parties over the past week is a worrying signal that after two years in offic(...)

Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)

Fianna Fáil’s capacity to recover will depend on its leader Micheál Martin’s success in tackling inherent organisational defects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the early hours of yesterday morning the political scientist Prof Ken Carty of the University of British Columbia tweeted a link to this new(...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

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