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The Kincora Boy’s Home in east Belfast was one of the institutions examined as part of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Closed files relating to the Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast must be released so allegations of abuse can be investigated, a former MP for the area(...)

 The Sinn Féin delegation led by  Martin McGuinness arriving for the opening of talks with a British government delegation at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The group includes, from left:  Gerry Kelly, Cllr Sean McManus,  Lucilita Breatnach, Martin McGuinness and Siobhan O’Hanlon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Detailed minutes of the exploratory dialogue between the British government and Sinn Féin in the wake of the 1994 IRA ceasefire are disclosed in previ(...)

A man is led away past a police waterwagon after he was injured during the police baton charge during a civil rights march on October 5th, 1968. Many believe this was the start of the Troubles.

It is perhaps unsurprising that in Ireland the most sustained period of intense violence in modern Irish history is universally known by the neutral, (...)

Then taoiseach Albert Reynolds shakes hands with Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and SDLP’s John Hume outside Government Buildings on September 6th, 1994. Hume and Adams began a dialogue in 1993. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

This week the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Proni) is releasing files mainly relating to 1993 as a result of a decision by legislative ord(...)

Tánaiste John Wilson. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

An uncleared visit by an Irish government minister to Northern Ireland in 1992 angered British officials, according to previously confidential files r(...)

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(...)

Sir David Goodall, who died in 2016, was a key architect of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

The late British diplomat Sir David Goodall features in a candid profile by a Northern Irish Office (NIO) official in this year’s files releases from (...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

 John Stevens and  Hugh Annesley: investigated leaking of intelligence documents and collusion between elements of the security forces and loyalist paramilitaries

The arrest of 28 Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) members on the instructions of the Stevens Inquiry provoked a furious protest by one of the force’s mo(...)

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