Ivan Cooper

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Civil rights campaigner Dermie McClenaghan. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

It is difficult to talk about the Battle of the Bogside without talking about what had happened prior to it. People’s Democracy was a group of studen(...)

Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

James Nesbitt at Portrush: “I think we’re standing at a profound moment here in the history of the islands,” he says. Photograph: Trevor McBride

At Ulster University, it is graduation time. On the steps which lead up to the main entrance of the university’s Coleraine campus, new graduates pose (...)

President Michael D Higgins with mourners at the funeral of civil rights leader Ivan Cooper, who died  aged 75 on Wednesday  following a long illness. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Northern Ireland civil rights leader Ivan Cooper believed “to his last breath” that a better future was possible, President Michael D Higgins said, af(...)

Alana Burke (18) in hospital after injury on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Courtesy of Museum of Free Derry

What Joe Mahon remembers most about Bloody Sunday is the silence. As the people around him fled for their lives, he lay on the ground, injured, heari(...)

James Nesbitt in his ITV travelogue, ‘Jimmy Nesbitt’s Ireland’. Photograph: TwoFour/ITV

Cold Feet and Hobbit actor James Nesbitt saw assets in his company Brown Cow Films grow to £4.7 million (€5.2 m) last year. Accounts just lodged show(...)

1968: Front row - Willie Breslin, Dermie McClenaghan, Johnny White, Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh, Michael Canavan, Billy Kelsall, Ivan Cooper, John Hume, James Doherty, John Patton, Claude Wilton, Brendan Hinds. Aidan McKinney is in the third row, directly behind Dermie McClenaghan; Terry Doherty’s hair is visible but his face is obscured behind Michael Canavan. Photograph: Larry Doherty

On a bright, cold Sunday morning, six men line up in the middle of Derry’s Craigavon Bridge. It is 50 years since they stood on that same bridge, arm(...)

Man being led away past a police waterwagon after he was injured during the police baton charge at the civil rights march.

A thud. I didn’t know what hit me. Rapid pulsating in my head. With the second clout, reality struck. Christ, it’s a baton. I’m hit. Shouting “press, (...)

Emily Logan,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission:  the commission will discuss concerns among civil society groups about Ireland’s electoral funding laws.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Foreign donations from legitimate organisations to Irish human rights campaigning groups should not necessarily have to be returned, Emily Logan, the (...)

The North and East Housing Association was said to have  built nine houses in north Co Dublin at a cost of €1.25 million and in doing so paid €172,980 in VAT, “more than the cost of another family home”. File photograph: Getty Images

A €5 million VAT refund scheme for charities, announced as part of Budget 2018 by Minister for Finance and Public Reform Paschal Donohoe, has been giv(...)

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