Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

“Belting out impassioned nonsense is one way of expressing an Irish identity, and the National Anthem is the primary mode of articulation for a notion of Irishness that is as dead as coffin nails.” File photograph: Getty Images

Decipher this: Sinead feigned her fall. A toffee girl, a gay run. Binned. Arse. Loo. Hard tune the hen-egg ruined. These are, of course, the word(...)

The  Republican ABC book

With thanks to the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, for providing the artefacts that appear on this page The Troubles and the Titanic: according to Liam (...)

Bomb survivor Wendy Doherty whose mother, Colette, died, with her son Tiler at the 44th anniversary ceremony of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Talbot St. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hundreds of documents relating to the alleged collusion of RUC officers with a loyalist terror gang in the 1970s have been handed over to the Police O(...)

Gary Haggarty: The release of the former Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) commander comes only four months after he was handed a six-and-a-half year term in exchange for providing information about other terrorist suspects. File photograph:  Pacemaker Press

Notorious loyalist killer and supergrass Gary Haggarty, who was handed a reduced prison sentence after admitting to more than 500 terror crimes – inc(...)

Raymond White, representing the Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers’ Association, is seeking to have the ombudsman’s report quashed

Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman had no legal power to publish “damning” findings of RUC collusion with loyalists who massacred six Catholic men, t(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton called on Northern politicians to follow the example of their predecessors and make compromises to allow the power-sharing institutions to be restored. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The British and Irish governments have been urged to devote greater energy to resolving the impasse in Northern Ireland by former taoiseach Bertie Ahe(...)

(left to right) Reverend Harold Good, Jim Wilson, Archbishop Alan Harper, Jackie McDonald, Reverend Norman Hamilton and Dr William Mitchell at Linenhall Library, Belfast on Monday, where a Loyalist Declaration of Transformation was announced. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The father of a man murdered by the UVF has dismissed a statement from loyalist paramilitaries rejecting criminality as “nonsense”. Victims campaigne(...)

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

At a certain point during My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), a personal, fascinating and rather comprehensive investigation into(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

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