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(...)

James Nesbitt at Portrush: “I think we’re standing at a profound moment here in the history of the islands,” he says. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At Ulster University, it is graduation time. On the steps which lead up to the main entrance of the university’s Coleraine campus, new graduates pose (...)

Funeral of IRA man and ex-hunger striker Kevin McKenna at St Mary’s Chapel, Magherarney, Smithborough. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

First came the sound; the refrain of the pipes, carrying through the hot, still air. Then the guard of honour shimmered into view – men and women, lin(...)

Moss Park in the Galliagh area of Derry. Photograph: Google Street View

Police have been attacked with petrol bombs during a security alert at a polling station in Derry. Members of the PSNI were called to a primary schoo(...)

In Belfast, the changes are ‘striking’: the report describes it as a ‘shared city, where the Catholic population is younger and more confident’. Photograph: Getty Images

It says much about Northern Ireland that the continued existence of sectarianism is not in doubt; instead the question, posed in report published toda(...)

Paul Whitters’s football boots, which are part of the Pat Finucane Centre’s exhibition In Their Footsteps. Photograph: Pat Finucane Centre

If there’s one thing Helen Whitters knows for certain, it’s that her son Paul would have had a family. “Knowing the type of boy he was, I’m sure he w(...)

Linda Nash whose youngest brother William Nash died on Bloody Sunday with Eamonn McCann outside the city hotel. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families of victims of the Bloody Sunday killings have expressed both disappointment and relief at the news that one former British soldier is to be c(...)

Fr Edward Daly and others run with an injured man on Bloody Sunday in Derry on January 30th, 1972.

On Thursday morning, the relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday will gather at the memorial in the Bogside to walk together to the city centre whe(...)

Free Derry Corner: Since 2007, the wall has been painted pink once a year to mark Foyle Pride. Photograph: courtesy of Guildhall Press

Number 33 Lecky Road was simply one of many derelict houses in Derry’s Bogside – until teenager Liam Hillen picked up a paintbrush. In the early hour(...)

Raymond McDaid in Doherty’s Cafe, in the Bogside, Derry

There’s never any shortage of chat in Doherty’s Cafe in the heart of Derry’s Bogside, where staff wearing elf costumes to mark the Christmas season se(...)

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