The horror unleashed on the people of Omagh and unsuspecting visitors by a Real IRA car bomb some 20 years ago reverberates to this day and carries me(...)

A republican bonefire built in the Bogside of Derry on Wednesday night. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin.

A bonfire lit in Derry that was emblazoned with the names of murdered police and prison officers has been met with widespread condemnation. The bonfi(...)

A counter protest by loyalists  at an anti-internment march in Belfast city centre, which passed off peacefully. Past conflict continues to feed present anger but could that alone restart conflict?  Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Association was beaten off the streets northern nationalists are once again a “restless people”, SDLP leader Colum (...)

Police officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a bomb explosion on Market Street, Omagh, in 1998. Photograph: Paul McErlane/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has led calls for a “culture of peace” as Omagh on Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the single worst atrocity of th(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

Some Syrian refugees living in west Belfast say they are housed in poor conditions. Ahmed, pictured with his daughter Jana, complained  his house was damp and suffered from mould. He said there also was rat infestation and frequent gas leaks.

Syrian refugee families living in west Belfast have been subjected to racist attacks and are living in poor housing conditions, according to a report (...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

 Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr: With 28,521 votes, he polled highest in last year’s Westminster election and his nearest challenger, Sinn Féin’s Cara McShane, was on 7,878 votes. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Watching Ian Paisley in the House of Commons apologising for taking free holidays worth up £100,000 in Sri Lanka, choking back tears as he did, Quenti(...)

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