Conservative MP Ian Gow, who was killed in an IRA car bomb in 1990. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland was at its “greatest moment of peril” because its political leaders were no match for the Dublin government, a close personal friend (...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

The UVF indicated to exclude the UDA due to a state of confusion within the organisation. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

The UVF held secret talks with the IRA Army Council in 1988 to discuss the prospect of a federal Ireland, state papers have claimed. According to the(...)

  Michael Havers - later to become Lord Havers - who served as attorney  general to Margaret Thatcher’s  Conservative government. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Margaret Thatcher’s chief legal adviser woke from heart surgery screaming “we must kill” Ian Paisley, newly-declassified files reveal. Documents mark(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: The lesson of the past 30 months for unionists is that they need to tread extremely carefully.  Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

The past year, 2018, has been a difficult one for the DUP. Which means it has been a difficult year for all of unionism. In December 2017 Arlene Fost(...)

Mayor Brenda Chivers’ Christmas card. Photograph: Causeway Coast Community

Unionist councillors in Co Derry have expressed concern over a Christmas card sent by the mayor of the Causeway Coast & Glens Council, which featu(...)

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, who is facing fresh calls to quit amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ian Paisley jnr is facing fresh calls to resign amid claims the DUP MP failed to declare another luxury holiday to parliamentary authorities. In July(...)

Image courtesy of the National Print Museum

A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Eric Hobsbawm, the late eminent left-wing historian, and took the opportunity to ask him what he belie(...)

Police attending the scene of a shooting close to St Mary’s Grammar School, west Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the murder of a man who was shot while waiting for his child to leave school in west Belfast on Tuesday. (...)

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on  November 26th Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The “overwhelming message” from Northern Ireland business leaders, voluntary groups and many others is that the British government should get on with (...)

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