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The scene of the Enniskillen bombing the day after the atrocity in November 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Rev David Cupples was a young Presbyterian minister in Enniskillen on the day of the IRA Poppy Day bombing that killed 11 people and injured 63 ot(...)

 David Scoffield QC giving his opening statement to the inquiry into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which triggered the collapse of political powersharing in Northern Ireland. Photograph: RHI Inquiry/PA Wire.

Public concern over the calamitous ‘cash for ash’ scheme reached such a “fever pitch” that it contributed to the downfall of the Northern Executive an(...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: ready to do a deal, but not met with enthusiasm by Arlene Foster and the DUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

We are living through a strange era when the ability of politicians to do what they have done since time immemorial – cut deals – is sometimes cast as(...)

Sinn Féin negotiator Gerry Kelly seen in the party’s offices at Stormont, Belfast.  Photograph: PA.

A further round of negotiations between the DUP and Sinn Féin broke up on Tuesday night without any agreement on how to restore the Northern Executive(...)

Parliament Buildings at Stormont. There is  the suspicion that Sinn Féin is not really interested in reinstating the Executive because it wants to exploit the uncertainty of Brexit in order to further its united Ireland ambitions

It started with small things. A fishery protection vessel underwent a name change. Banríon Uladh became Queen of Ulster back in September 2016. The mo(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said Leo Varadkar was “a  Taoiseach, not just a Fine Gael leader. He needs to behave like a Taoiseach”.  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is being “reckless” in his approach to Northern Ireland as hopes of a deal to restore (...)

Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, and Michelle O’Neill, leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester earlier this month. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Because of the intransigent negotiating positions of both the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin towards the re-establishment of an Executi(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton met Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill  at George Best Belfast City Airport

The Government believes that Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, was ready to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to re(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton  and DUP leader Arlene Foster wave as they leave after a meeting at a hotel on the outskirts of Belfast on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Former US president Bill Clinton, who held separate meetings on Tuesday afternoon in Belfast with DUP and Sinn Féin leaders, has predicted that Stormo(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader  Arlene Foster. Their parties  have been maintaining radio silence in terms of their talks. Photograph:   Getty Images

Rather like the Republic’s game against Wales on Monday, the DUP-Sinn Féin negotiations to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly have reached a (...)

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