David Ervine

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Anton Thompson McCormick above the beach at Ballycastle. As a teenager he had heard Iris Robinson, then the chair of Stormont’s health committee, on BBC Radio Ulster, declaring that her Christian beliefs told her that homosexuality was “an abomination”.

“It’s a limed nest, this place, I see a plain Presbyterian grace sour, then harden, As a free strenuous spirit changes To a servile defiance.../...it (...)

Fires burn in Carrickfergus after a night of disturbances across Northern Ireland. File Photograph: Pacemaker

A grimly familiar scene has been playing out over the past few nights in parts of Northern Ireland, where young people have been involved in serious v(...)

My Life in Loyalism: Gareth Mulvenna with Billy Hutchinson

I would imagine a lot of young Catholic men from north Belfast will read The Shankill Butchers at some point in their developmental period of life. Or(...)

East Belfast GAA player Dave McGreevy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A number of bomb alerts did not deter the newly formed East Belfast GAA club from pressing on with its first hurling game this week. The message from(...)

Dave McGreevy: ‘That’s the only non-negotiable we have. It’s cross-community and that’s it.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dave McGreevy was halfway through his Bran Flakes last Sunday morning when he set up a GAA club in east Belfast by mistake. He was watching Andrew Mar(...)

File photograph of writer Ed Moloney. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

The Boston tapes project, which interviewed former republican and loyalist paramilitaries under the leadership of writer Ed Moloney, was sharply criti(...)

Mother of 10 Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered in 1972.

What happened Jean McConville? Jean McConville was a 38-year-old widowed mother of 10 children from the Divis Flats area of west Belfast who sometime(...)

A loyalist mural on the Newtownards Road in Belfast, as leaders of the UDA confirmed it had decommissioned all weapons under its control

Twenty-five years on, Gary McMichael, who led the Ulster Democratic Party when loyalist paramilitaries declared a ceasefire, believes that a generatio(...)

John Kyle, Progressive Unionist Party councillor at Belfast City Hall. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Brexit has put the future of the United Kingdom in jeopardy and left unionists fearing a Border poll would be a “slippery slope” to a united Ireland, (...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold talks with the North’s five main parties at Stormont on Thursday to determine if there is any chance of a political breakthrough in the coming weeks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the British prime minister Theresa May, who are reviewing what progress has been made in the talks aimed at restoring S(...)

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