Brendan Duddy

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Brendan Duddy: For two decades, the Derry businessman acted as an unknown intermediary between the IRA leadership and the British government.

In the small room in the house in Derry, there is space only for a sofa and a few chairs, a television, and the fireplace. It is old – there are tiles(...)

Frankie Quinn in Lisnuhull Park in Dungannon, the estate he grew up in. Photograph:James Forde

Frankie Quinn knew it was time for the IRA to call a ceasefire. “We were saying the armed struggle’s failed, it can’t win,” Quinn explains. “The jail(...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died along with her crewmates Capt Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby while on a search and rescue mission in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Rest in peace ... They died in 2017
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  • December 28, 2017, 06:00

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 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(...)

 Brendan Duddy (right) at the unveiling at NUI Galway of documents highlighting the secrecy involved in communications between the British government and IRA during the Troubles. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Brendan Duddy, the Derry businessman who was the secret back-channel between the IRA and the British government during the Troubles, has died. Mr Du(...)

A hunger strike protest on the Falls Road in 1981.

Two key republican figures remained in deep dispute last night about the content of Thatcher Foundation archive papers (...)

Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)