Gerry Fitt

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Yesterday, all our Troubles seemed so far away. Then it looked as though they were here to stay. It came so suddenly. I won’t ever forget October 5t(...)

 The Derry Civil Rights march moving off from Waterside railway station, heading towards Duke street. Leading the marchers are  Eddie McAteer, the Nationalist leader,  Gerry Fitt, Republican Labour MP, and  Ivan Cooper, chairman of the Derry branch of the Labour Party.

As a child, Caitriona Walsh’s biggest fear was going through the Bogside. Now a 16-year-old student at St Mary’s College in Derry, she remembers how (...)

County Inspector William Meharg warning the demonstrators on the Derry civil rights march on October 5th, 1968, that any attempt to march along the prohibited route was illegal and would be resisted. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eamonn McCann walked through Derry’s Bogside the morning after October 5th, 1968, when a civil rights march heading for the city centre had been stopp(...)

Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

Gerry Fitt enjoyed sitting on the terrace during summer evenings waving great glasses of gin and tonic at the passing boats and crying “It’s free! It’s all free”. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Catching the barman’s eye as we lifted ourselves on to a couple of stools in the Lords Bar, I asked for a gin and tonic and the baroness ordered a pin(...)

Undated picture of Ian Paisley.

For more than three decades, the Democratic Unionist Party, now poised to be Theresa May’s “little helper” in government was a party of protest for ma(...)

An undated family handout photo of Fred Heatley a founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, who has died aged 82. Photograph: PA

A founder of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland has died aged 82. Fred Heatley was beaten and arrested as a march was stopped by police on(...)

A file photograph from 2007 showing then Northern Ireland   First Minister Ian Paisley (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as ministers. Mr  McGuinness died on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Ireland came to know two Martin McGuinnesses. One was, for much of his life, a man of war and conflict, dedicated to fighting, as hard as he could, th(...)

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill after winning her seat in Mid-Ulster. This election will encourage Sinn Féin to make a greater push for a Border poll and lead to more talk of a united Ireland. Photograph: Paul McErlane/AFP

Politics in Northern Ireland is shaken not stirred. Sinn Féin is the story of this election, and that is demonstrated strikingly in the figures. In l(...)

Colum Eastwood wins the SDLP leadership contest with new deputy leader Fearghal McKinney during the Party Conference last Saturday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood, the 32-year-old new leader of the SDLP, has a mountain to climb to make his party relevant. On BBC this week, a Spotlight programme lo(...)

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