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Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

File image of Queen Elizabeth II. File photograph: Simon Dawson/PA Wire

The DUP has urged Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith to reinstate a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at Stormont House. It emerged last month that(...)

Northern Ireland’s new Secretary of State Julian Smith in Derry for his first visit to the region since his appointment. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main political parties were “very close” to striking deal to restor(...)

SDLP leader  Colum Eastwood: a “new union of Ireland” could offer Protestants an equal voice in an  inclusive, diverse and prosperous society where they could “be proud to be from the north of Ireland”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The SDLP is open to the idea of a “new union of Ireland” rather than a “united Ireland”, the party leader has said, following the call by leading acto(...)

Victims of IRA violence have criticised the city of San Francisco for posthumously honouring Martin McGuinness (pictured) for his ‘courageous service in the military’. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Victims of IRA violence have criticised the city of San Francisco for posthumously honouring Martin McGuinness for his “courageous service in the mili(...)

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating allegations of ‘exploitation and criminality’ affecting the Roma community in Northern Ireland.

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating allegations of “exploitation and criminality” affecting the Roma community in Northern Ireland. Det Chief(...)

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier walks with UUP MEP Jim Nicholson prior to a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 9th, 2018. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/Reuters

In probably his last annual conference as an MEP, Jim Nicholson told Ulster Unionist Party members on Saturday that he voted “Remain” in the Brexit vo(...)

The Bloomfield Walkway bonfire in east Belfast was set alight hours after a court ordered its height to be reduced ahead of the Eleventh Night. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Police are dealing with outbreaks of Eleventh Night trouble in Northern Ireland. A senior PSNI officer warned on Wednesday night that the Ulster Vol(...)

Francis McGuigan and Liam Shannon , two of the ‘hooded men’ give their reaction to the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in their case at a press conference in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

“We are far, far, far from giving up,” said Francie McGuigan, one of the so-called “hooded men”, after the European Court of Human Rights rejected the(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)

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