A man is led away past a police waterwagon after he was injured during the police baton charge during a civil rights march on October 5th, 1968. Many believe this was the start of the Troubles.

It is perhaps unsurprising that in Ireland the most sustained period of intense violence in modern Irish history is universally known by the neutral, (...)

Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

Lyra McKee's investigation into children who went missing during the Troubles – was due to have been published in 2020. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

Lyra McKee was murdered by the New IRA in Derry in April 2019. A 29-year-old writer and journalist, she was watching a riot in the city’s Creggan es(...)

An 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

John Herron cannot remember seeing flags outside his shop on the Lisburn Road before to mark the Twelfth celebrations, the annual Ulster Protestant co(...)

Graffiti near the Avoniel bonfire site. Photograph: PA Wire

A leak that led to the names of contractors appearing in sinister graffiti warning against demolishing a contentious loyalist bonfire was “highly unli(...)

Thousands of members of the Orange Order are taking part in Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has called on Orangemen to play their part in re-energising Unionism. Speaking to members of th(...)

Members of the fire service work to contain an 11th night Bonfire in Cluan Place, Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Firefighters saw a “significant decrease” in the number of emergency calls due to loyalist bonfires in Northern Ireland at the start of the Twelfth of(...)

PSNI officers standing outside the entrance to Avoniel Leisure Centre, where an 11th night bonfire has been erected. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A stand-off over a contentious loyalist bonfire in Belfast ended on Thursday after councillors backed down over plans to demolish it. Belfast City Co(...)

Bonfire builders complete their structure near the peace wall in west Belfast on July 9th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The banner at Ulster’s Freedom Corner in east Belfast proclaims “Tomorrow belongs to us” under the red hand of Ulster, the symbol of loyalism to the B(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: Brings just the right combination of frivolity and sincerity

People can be slow to keep a record of pleasure. We remember the serious stuff first: the battles and wars, important dates and deaths, tragedies and (...)

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