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 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 (...)

Fianna Fáil resurgent

There will be sighs of relief and wonderment at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis this weekend as delegates consider the party’s impressive recovery, fo(...)

Mr David Ford, party leader adressing the  Alliance Party of Northern Ireland annual conference in Carrickfergus over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

The Alliance leader David Ford has temporarily stood down as an elder at his local Presbyterian church in Co Antrim ahead of a(...)

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour all make zero returns – indicating that the parties’ fundraising is geared towards raising money through encouraging multiple donations worth €126 or less.  Photograph:  Frank Miller

The Standards in Public Office Commission said yesterday that files had been sent to the gardaí in relation to the People Before (...)

The head of the HSE has expressed concern over the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the rejection of the Croke Park II agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The head of the HSE has expressed concern about the fate of over €250 million in projected pay savings in the health service following the reje(...)

AIB said yesterday it was adding 0.4 percentage points to its standard variable mortgage rate. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore has rejected opposition calls for the Government to intervene in AIB’s decision to raise mortgage interest rates. (...)

First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) with chairman of the corporation behind the development of the former Maze Prison site, Terence Brannigan, at  the site yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness appear to have got their political marriage back on track. The fact that the First Minister and Dep(...)

A handout image  issued by Stormont’s Department of Environment of an artist’s impression of how the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze near Lisburn will look.

An estimated £100 million (€117 million) is to be invested in the redevelopment of a site near Lisburn where the Maze prison once stood. (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the annual Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Micheál Martin has always taken more interest in the North than the average Fianna Fáil politician. Long before he became party leader, h(...)

Liam Adams is accused of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter.

The trial of Liam Adams heard yesterday about statements he had made when interviewed by police over allegations that he had sexually abused hi(...)

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