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“Seamless technological solutions”. Getty Images

 1.The Irish Problem 2. The North 3. The South 4. The Troubles 5. The Crossness 6. The Clones Affray 7. B Specials 8. Unapproved Road 9. (...)

Bertie Ahern says border poll is not “for now”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that a border poll on a united Ireland should be held on the 30th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement. The fo(...)

A woman walks past the tent of a homeless person on Grafton Street in Dublin during lockdown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Things can change quickly in economics and commerce, but even those worlds rotate in slow motion compared to Planet Pandemic. Time after time, it has (...)

 Fountain Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is  under a six-week lockdown.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Of all the stories from this week’s release of state papers, one stands out fresh across the decades. In 1997, US diplomat Martha Pope, the senior ai(...)

Foundation chair Prof Seán Farren, with Tim Attwood, secretary to the foundation, and board member Dawn Purvis,  at The John and Pat Hume Foundation launch at Niavac studio in Belfast. Photograph: Kevin Cooper/Photoline

A foundation to commemorate the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and his wife was launched on Friday in a virtual ceremony. The Humes’ so(...)

John Hume and his wife, Pat, at home in 1999. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A foundation to promote the legacy of John Hume and his wife, Pat, is to be officially launched in a virtual ceremony on Friday. The John and Pat Hum(...)

Philadelphia Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle: Tweet about Belfast Agreement caused much head-scratching as the United States is not a signatory to the 1998 peace deal, nor is it referenced in the text in any way. Photograph:  Rich Polk/Getty Images

America’s role in the peace process is often misunderstood, including it seems by Philadelphia Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle, who last week tweet(...)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: “What were they thinking? Whatever it is, I hope they’re not thinking of a US-US bilateral trade agreement.” Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi has doubled down on her warning that a trade agreement between the United States and Britain will not ha(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph:  Jim Watson/AFP/ Getty Images

US president Donald Trump is planning to boycott the annual St Patrick’s Day Speakers’ lunch in Washington next week the Irish Times has learned, amid(...)

Colum McCann in his office at Hunter College in New York. Photograph: Jillian Freyer/New York Times

“I’m a bit of a magpie,” Colum McCann said, sheepishly gesturing around his office at Hunter College. He has taught creative writing there for 13 year(...)

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