A counter protest by loyalists  at an anti-internment march in Belfast city centre, which passed off peacefully. Past conflict continues to feed present anger but could that alone restart conflict?  Photograph: Mark Marlow/PA

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Association was beaten off the streets northern nationalists are once again a “restless people”, SDLP leader Colum (...)

An Orange Order parade passes the Hands Across the Divide statue in Derry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Parades to commemorate the 228th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne concluded peacefully throughout Northern Ireland on Thursday evening following(...)

Avril McGlinchey lives in the Fountain in Derry, which has  come under attack from youths throwing petrol bombs, bricks and bottles

On Saturday night, 86-year-old Avril McGlinchey slept in her clothes. Earlier, the area where she lives, the Fountain in Derry, had come under attack (...)

Victims campaigner Raymond McCord displays Irish passport together with his British passport last year. File photograph: Gerry Moriarty

A victims campaigner has lost his legal battle to have the British government compelled to put in place a policy for holding a Border poll in Northern(...)

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(...)

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