Celebrating the 1994 IRA ceasefire in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The Provisional IRA called its ceasefire 25 years ago on this date (August 31st, 1994). There might be a memory that after more than 3,000 deaths, of (...)

A file image from 1994 of  then Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams (right) and Martin McGuinness.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Persuading the IRA leadership to call its August 31st, 1994 ceasefire was a “close call”, former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has stated when marki(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

1992  ended with a controversial speech  by Patrick Mayhew in which he said that Sinn Féin could be included in future talks if the IRA ended its campaign.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The year 1992 began with an upsurge of IRA and loyalist violence in Northern Ireland. On January 17th, seven Protestant building workers were killed(...)

British secretary of state Douglas Hurd first raised UDR’s credibility. Photograph: Frank Miller

The image and activities of the Ulster Defence Regiment proved an increasingly embarrassing issue for the British government in the run-up to and afte(...)

Ian Paisley and Jim Molyneaux address the 250,000 crowd at the anti Anglo-Irish rally in Belfast in 1985 where he made in infamous Never Never Never speach.

Probably the most memorable footage capturing the visceral depth of unionism’s antagonism to the Anglo-Irish Agreement is of Ian Paisley at Belfast Ci(...)

 Belfast loyalists clash with RUC officers at the gates of Maryfield in 1985

Now 65, John Doogan was one of those who stood in the throng outside Belfast City Hall 30 years ago, cheering loudly with every other unionist in the (...)

The Rev Ian Paisley and James Molyneaux speaking to supporters in Hillsborough prior to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The hall was full. Every chair in the building had been brought in from other rooms, yet there were still dozens of people huddled in the hallway and (...)

Jeffrey Donaldson: Out every day canvassing the streets of Lisburn and towns and villages of his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jeffrey Donaldson reckons the time may be approaching when bitter divisions that separated Ulster Unionists from Democratic Unionists could be officia(...)

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