Glen Barr “did what he did because he believed it was the right thing to do,” his funeral heard

Former Ulster Defence Association (UDA) leader Glen Barr’s “desire to help the working class” had “motivated him into the political realm”, his funera(...)

 Glenn Barr: Involved in loyalist politics and paramilitarism from early in the Troubles. Photograph:  Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Tributes have been paid to Glenn Barr, the former Ulster Defence Association leader who helped bring down the 1974 Sunningdale powersharing Executive.(...)

File image of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave looking onto the main square at Collins Barracks in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Cruise O’Brien told me a story about the time in 1956 when he was head of the United Nations section of the Department of External Affairs. The(...)

Fred Heatley, right, at the Irish News

Fred Heatley, who has died in his native Belfast, made history as one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). He als(...)

Ian Paisley lived up to the many different characterisations of his personality. Photograph: The Irish Times

The death of Ian Paisley marks the end of an era. Here was a Big Man with big boots. Descriptions and characterisations vary greatly: the most divisiv(...)