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Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown at the grave of Dr David Ross, at Kirkinriola Cemetery. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Prison doctor David Ross was powerless in the role of bedside bystander as he tended to 10 hunger strikers who died during the 1981 Maze prison hun(...)

Designated first minister and DUP MLA for Lagan Valley Paul Givan at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The pity of Edwin Poots’s new ministerial team is that the choice nearly works. Designated first minister Paul Givan, education minister Michelle McI(...)

DUP leader Edwin Poots, right, and MLA Paul Givan leave Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Paul Givan and Edwin Poots go way back. These days, they are the DUP’s representatives for Lagan Valley in the Stormont Assembly – and, in Poots’s cas(...)

Anton Thompson McCormick above the beach at Ballycastle. As a teenager he had heard Iris Robinson, then the chair of Stormont’s health committee, on BBC Radio Ulster, declaring that her Christian beliefs told her that homosexuality was “an abomination”.

“It’s a limed nest, this place, I see a plain Presbyterian grace sour, then harden, As a free strenuous spirit changes To a servile defiance.../...it (...)

New Ireland: Jimmy Nesbitt, Fergal Keane, Síona Cahill (top row), Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Adrian Dunbar and Hazel Chu

Politicians, civic leaders and public figures imagine the Ireland they would like to see in the next 100 years The year 2021 is the centena(...)

The North’s minister of agriculture, Edwin Poots, a long-standing MLA for Lagan Valley, is known to have ambitions towards the leadership of the DUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland is to have a new First Minister, and the DUP a new party leader; what is far from clear is how these roles will be filled, or who mig(...)

Arlene Foster announced her resignation as DUP leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland yesterday. I photograph: PA

Is the coup within the Democratic Unionist Party that has brought down Arlene Foster a lurch by the party to the right? She survived the collapse of(...)

 Sir Tyrone Guthrie: theatre director, impresario, philanthropist – and jam maker. Photograph: Courtesy of Thames Television

The great theatrical director and jam manufacturer, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, died 50 years ago in May. And reminding me of the anniversary, John Gilsenan a(...)

Nationalists and loyalists riot against one another at the Peace Wall interface gates: “The language our political leaders are using is disgraceful and is putting people on edge,” says Eileen Weir. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

'Young people are being manipulated': Community workers say riots sparked by unionism’s loss of control and the manipulation of working-class youth(...)

Northern secretary Brandon Lewis: he has rejected calls for a British-Irish summit in response to the violence in Belfast. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Northern secretary Brandon Lewis has rejected calls for a British-Irish summit in response to the violence in Belfast in advance of a two-day visit to(...)

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