Alec Reid

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Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

The young Gerry Adams was moved out of the family home to live with his paternal grandparents in the Lower Falls Road.

Three thousand, three hundred and thirty six people were killed during the course of the Northern Ireland conflict from 1966 to 1999. Close to half of(...)

Undated picture of Ian Paisley.

For more than three decades, the Democratic Unionist Party, now poised to be Theresa May’s “little helper” in government was a party of protest for ma(...)

Fr Alec Reid, who died in 2013, went to see Gerry Adams in 1986 and asked: ‘what can you do to stop the IRA?’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The late Fr Alec Reid, who was pivotal to the beginnings of the Northern Ireland peace process, recalled how it all began following a conversation wit(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

Declan Burke-Kennedy: April 1st, 1944-December 5th, 2016
Obituary: Declan Burke-Kennedy
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  • December 24, 2016, 06:00

Declan Burke-Kennedy, theatre co-founder, dramatist and journalist, has died aged 72. A man of considerable charm and geniality; an independent spi(...)

Former president Dr Mary McAleese has called for leading 19th-century Irish politician Daniel O’Connell to be honoured at the British Houses of Parliament. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president Dr Mary McAleese has called for leading 19th-century Irish politician Daniel O’Connell to be honoured at the British Houses of Parlia(...)

Fr Edward Daly runs down the street in Belfast with an injured man on Bloody Sunday, January 30th, 1972.

Bishop Edward Daly did not enjoy being a bishop, a position he held in Derry diocese from 1974 for 20 years. “The multiplicity of meetings was a huge (...)

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(...)

Friends and family carry the remains Seamus Wright to his funeral Mass in St Agnes’  Church  in Belfast on Tuesday. The inset is a picture of Seamus Wright which was placed on his coffin. Photograph: Reuters

The funeral Mass of Seamus Wright, one of the ‘Disappeared’ killed by the IRA in October 1972, was told on Tuesday it had taken a very long time to(...)

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