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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Mike Nesbitt: among the former Ulster Unionist Party leaders who joined 400 delegates at the party’s annual conference in the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Three former Ulster Unionist Party leaders – Mike Nesbitt, Tom Elliott and Reg Empey – joined 400 delegates at the party’s annual conference in the Ar(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann says it is time for Northern Ireland institutions to move on. Photograph: PA

A “voluntary coalition” of parties willing to serve together in Northern Ireland should be established if Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionists canno(...)

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton: “I’m absolutely confident that there will not be misconduct established.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton and other senior officers have rejected allegations that they were guilty of “criminality and misconduct” in (...)

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Rather like the Republic’s game against Wales on Monday, the DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly have reached a (...)

 Robin Newton: he issued a statement to say he had “never been appointed to any position with Charter NI”.   Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was guarded but growing optimism in Belfast on Wednesday night that the DUP and Sinn Féin are close to a deal that would restore the Northern Ex(...)

 Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Pat Sheehan and Caoimhe Archibald launch the party’s health document A National Health Service for a United Ireland. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney joined Northern Secretary James Brokenshire for talks with the DUP and Sinn Féin at Stormont on Monday (...)

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