Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin last weekend. Shortly after the attack in 1983, Adams said Charlie Armstrong was a “perfectly legitimate” target.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The first person the IRA murdered after Gerry Adams was elected Sinn Féin president was Charles Armstrong, the Ulster Unionist chair of Armagh City an(...)

Armalite and ballot box: Gerry Adams launches a Sinn Féin manifesto in 1998. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He is going away, you know. That was the unequivocal message Gerry Adams delivered to more than 2,500 delegates at the Royal Dublin Society on Saturda(...)

In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Almost 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, John Hume’s seminal role in the peace process has been transposed to a new film exploring (...)

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but as the SDLP have slumped and Sinn Féin have advanced w(...)

Northern Ireland  has been without a functioning power-sharing Executive and Assembly since it was collapsed in January.  Photograph: AFP

The British government is to bring forward legislation for a budget for Northern Ireland on Monday in the absence of a deal between the DUP and Sinn F(...)

The scene of the Enniskillen bombing the day after the atrocity in November 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Rev David Cupples was a young Presbyterian minister in Enniskillen on the day of the IRA Poppy Day bombing that killed 11 people and injured 63 ot(...)

The interior of O’Toole’s bar in Loughinisland, Co Down the morning after the UVF shot dead 6 people on  June 18th, 1994,

Bereaved families of the 1994 Loughinisland massacre victims want “arrests, prosecutions and accountability” to flow from allegations emerging in a ne(...)

James Brokenshire  making a statement in Stormont on Wednesday. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Waiting for Godot is described as a play where nothing happens twice. Waiting for a Breakthrough at Stormont is a pedestrian drama where nothing hap(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy at Stormont. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A couple of days of optimism at the Stormont talks , followed by a return to deadlock, has raised an awkward question. Having made no obvious preparat(...)

Sinn Féin negotiator Gerry Kelly seen in the party’s offices at Stormont, Belfast.  Photograph: PA.

A further round of negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Féin broke up on Tuesday night without any agreement on how to restore the Northern Executive(...)

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