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The Battle of the Somme memorial on the Shankill Road, west Belfast.

I am in the elegant lobby of the Europa Hotel, Belfast, but I could be anywhere. Around me are an eclectic ensemble of businessmen, shoppers, harassed(...)

The second man arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson has been released by gardaí. Pictured are Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

A second man arrested as part of a Garda investigation into the murder of former Sinn Féin member and British agent Denis Donaldson has been released (...)

Former IRA hunger-striker, Laurence McKeown, wears clothes fashioned from a former prison blanket similar to the ones used by the prisoners known as the ‘Blanketmen’ who took part in the dirty protest in the Maze prison during the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Stephen Davison

The market for wall calendars is pretty crowded. If your life can be edified with fresh monthly images of fluffy kittens, laughing nuns or a pouty Pol(...)

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(...)

Election posters for Michelle Gildernew of Sinn Féin and Tom Elliott of the UUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May’s decision to call a snap Westminster election was not received too graciously by Tom Elliott, who lives in Ballina(...)

 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(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

Documentary-maker Peter Taylor with Brendan Duddy, the man he dubbed the “secret peacemaker”. Photograph courtesy of Duddy family

The “secret peacemaker” Brendan Duddy risked his life to make an “incalculable” contribution to peace, mourners at his funeral in Derry were told on M(...)

Michael Fassbender is known particularly for his X-Men roles. Photograph: Getty Images

An Antrim-based film production company owned by Hollywood star Michael Fassbender made a profit of almost £190,000 (€225,428) last year, according to(...)

Gerry Adams carries the coffin during the funeral procession of Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, ahead of his funeral at St Columba’s Church Long Tower, in Derry. Photograph: Thomas McMullan/PA Wire

With the death of Martin McGuinness Ireland lost a hero, Derry a son, Sinn Féin a leader, and his family a loving, caring and dedicated husband, fathe(...)

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