Bobby Sands

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British soldier on Grosvenor Road, Belfast, in 1981: Unionists were responsible for much of the violent public disorder of the period. Photograph: Pat Langan

Sinn Féin has entered the debate begun by commentator Joe Brolly and former MP Bernadette McAliskey on southern attitudes to northern nationalists dur(...)

Gerry Adams said he planned to donate any settlement to good causes, including those in the Irish language sector and the Bobby Sands Trust

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’s defamation case against the Sunday World has been settled at the High Court. Mr Adams received an apology f(...)

Martin Ferris delivers the oration at the Diarmuid O’ Neill commemoration at Timoleague cemetery, Co Cork, on Sunday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Irish republicans who gave their lives for Irish freedom were not criminals and attempts to demonise them as such would be rebutted, former Sinn Féin (...)

The First Child, by Landmark Productions with the Irish National Opera, is at the Dublin Theatre Festival from October 2nd-9th. Image: Jack Phelan/Landmark Productions

Enda Walsh is trying to describe his latest work without giving away the plot. “The First Child? It’s dark,” he says, which will come as no surprise t(...)

Boney M’s 1977 hit Belfast, which set Ireland’s tragedy to a Eurodisco beat, had people all over the world shaking their booties to its gnomic lines. Photograph: Getty Images

An unfortunate aspect of the recent Zombie controversy, in which the Cranberries’ classic became a social media battleground between Sinn Féin and its(...)

Mary Lou McDonald photographed by Charles McQuillan/Getty

The Sinn Féin party leader on family, privilege and a rapid ascent in politics after a late start In February 2020, Sinn Féin pulled off one of (...)

Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown at the grave of Dr David Ross, at Kirkinriola Cemetery. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Prison doctor David Ross was powerless in the role of bedside bystander as he tended to 10 hunger strikers who died during the 1981 Maze prison hun(...)

 Dixie Elliott, at the H-Block monument in Derry’s  Bogside. “They [Sinn Féin] have no more in common with the ideals of Bobby Sands than the modern Labour Party has with the ideals of James Connolly.”  Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

Now 63, former IRA prisoner, Thomas “Dixie” Elliott, who shared cells in the late 1970s and early ’80s with H-Block hunger strikers Bobby Sands and Th(...)

Some of the letters from the H-blocks. Photograph: Julien Behal

Letters and poetry composed by H-Block hunger-striker Bobby Sands and other republican prisoners including the late Mairead Farrell, which emerged thi(...)

Paddy Rossmore and Marianne Faithfull in June 1970. Photograph: Getty Images

In a feature on the then new “Coolmine Drug-Free Therapeutic Community” in 1973, this newspaper quoted its founder, Paddy Rossmore, as saying it had b(...)

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