Willie John McBride was unrepentant about his decision to take part in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in 1989. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

The Irish Rugby Football Union’s decision to allow members to participate in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in August(...)

Brian Mawhinney arrives at the FA headquarters at Central London’s Soho Square, London in November 2007. Photograph: Daniel Deme/EPA

Former British cabinet minister and Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney has died aged 79 after a long illness, his family said. Belfast-born Lor(...)

John Hume at the announcement of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, a deal he roughly outlined to British officials eight years earlier. Photograph: Alan Betson

The evolving political views of SDLP leader John Hume engaged the close attention of the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Peter Brooke(...)

The bleak state of Northern Ireland’s economy in 1986 is captured in previously confidential files just released in Belfast. A report on the economic(...)

 US Congressman Joe Kennedy on a visit to Northern Ireland in April 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker

The controversial visit of United States congressman Joe Kennedy to Northern Ireland in 1988 is detailed in previously confidential files released tod(...)