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Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Former senator George Mitchell in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s growth as an international business hub rather than Brexit was the driving force in attracting global law firm DLA Piper, according to its c(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and party colleague Nicola Mallon: the party formed a partnership with Fianna Fáil earlier this year. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

For decades John Hume represented the SDLP in the European Parliament. Even 15 years since he departed the job, the SDLP still sees Northern Ireland’s(...)

Prof Duncan Morrow, Ulster University; Lady Moyra Quigley and Ronnie Kells, Sir George Quigley Committee chair. Prof Morrow is the author of Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: A Review. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Serious consideration should be given to the proposal that a government department be set up to address sectarianism in Northern Ireland. One of the b(...)

Mr Ahern will take part in workshops and master classes with students and will participate in events at the university. File photograph: Tom Honan

Queen’s University, Belfast has awarded former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern an honorary professorship in peace studies at the Senator George Mitchell Instit(...)

Fr Aidan Troy in Derry: “Unless you’ve stood in the middle of the absolute breakdown of community relations you will never understand how dangerous the situation is now.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

Father Aidan Troy knows better than most what sectarianism looks like. For 12 weeks in 2001, the Passionist priest walked the pupils of Holy Cross Gir(...)

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

On April 10th, 1998, the Irish and British governments signed the Belfast Agreement in Northern Ireland, bringing peace talks to an end. Below is th(...)

‘When the Good Friday Agreement was painstakingly achieved I felt it had an almost poetic complexity,’ writes Michael Longley. ’You might say that today Northern Irish politics more often resemble bad prose.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two quotations – possibly (maybe even probably) the two best-known poetic references to the Troubles and peace process – are cited a number of times i(...)

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

Representatives for Bill and Hillary Clinton hit back on Monday at a series of claims made by Trina Vargo in Shenanigans: The US-Ireland Relationship in Uncertain Times. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Bill and Hillary Clinton have dismissed allegations in a new book on the Ireland-US relationship that funding was cut for scholarship programme becaus(...)

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