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A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Former SDLP leader John Hume with Fr Alec Reid in 2006 after Fr Reid after was presented with the ‘Tipperary Person of the Year’ award. Photograph: John Cogill.

Nobel Laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume said he was deeply saddened by the death of his friend, Fr Alec Reid. In a statement, Mr Hume said: (...)