Hugh Orde

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Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

 Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid appears on BBC’s  Andrew Marr Show where he suggested technology could be used to avoid a hard border in Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

The Irish Government moved quickly on Sunday to dismiss claims by the British Home Secretary Sajid Javid that existing technology could ensure no hard(...)

Managing director Sinead McSweeney in Twitter’s Dublin headquarters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Twitter may have honed the world’s ability to distil insights into 280 characters but decidedly longer reads were a formative part of Twitter Ireland (...)

 Drew Harris, the new Garda Commissioner at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Incoming Garda Commissioner Drew Harris made a point of bringing a copy of the Patten Commission report with him when interviewed by The Irish Times l(...)

Sinéad McSweeney in Twitter’s HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Twitter Ireland’s managing director Sinéad McSweeney is no stranger to controversy. When she took on the role as head of public policy in 2012, Twitte(...)

Bloody Sunday anniversary parade makes its way through the Bogside in Derry in 2002. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Unlike many other international peace agreements, the Belfast Agreement did not include an overarching mechanism to deal with the legacy of the confli(...)

A car on fire in the North Queen Street area of Belfast, close to the site of a contentious bonfire. A refusal to tackle dangerous loyalist bonfires has undermined faith in the rule of law. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In 1886, recalling a riot in Portadown, the journalist Frankfort Moore famously observed: “Every boy and girl in the crowd understood the art thorough(...)

Martin McGuinness had a confidence, intelligence and empathy that stood out. But he also had a ruthlessness that was honed in the Derry cauldron of his time. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Martin McGuinness’s mother Peggy made great soup. So discovered Peter Sheridan, assistant chief constable of the PSNI and the most senior Catholic in (...)

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(...)

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin  address the media about the IRA ceasefire. Photograph: Pacemaker

If Martin McGuinness, as they say in his native Derry, had been at himself in recent months, then Northern Ireland politics might not be in such a mes(...)

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