John Hermon

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An RUC police officer in riot gear  during rioting by loyalists in Belfast. The Irish government said the RUC must not be allowed to “descend to the level and methods of the terrorists”. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Senior police chiefs in Northern Ireland during the 1980s said there was no law “against telling lies” when pressed about the suspected cover-up of an(...)

IRA weapons pictured in 2001 after being recovered by security forces. Photograph: PA

The IRA was costing up to £3 million a year to run during the 1980s, according to newly declassified security briefings. The then RUC chief constable(...)

 Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving for his sentencing hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

As a young police officer, former Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan once engaged in a bizarre game of cross-(...)

Former Minister for Justice Gerry Collins and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan at the opening of the Fianna Fail Ard-Fheis in the RDS, Dublin in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

In recently released State Papers former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan described the period after the 1987 Poppy Day bombing in Enniskill(...)

 Rev Ian Paisley (centre) and Peter Robinson (second from left)  in  the  early 1980s. Photograph: Pacemaker

The “steam has run out” of then DUP leader Ian Paisley in 1985, but his deputy, Peter Robinson remained a “dangerous man”, according to then minister (...)

RUC chief constable Sir John Hermon: said  ‘little or no’ intelligence  provided by Garda. Photograph: Pacemaker

The RUC was dissatisfied at the level of co-operation from the Garda Síochána during Charles Haughey’s minority administration, previously confidentia(...)

James Molyneaux said it would be a disastrous mistake for the chief constable to respond by taking on the main body of respectable marchers. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Unionists accepted in the mid-1980s there were too many “kick the pope” bands getting involved in Orange marches, according to files released in Belf(...)

Late Garda commissioner Eugene Crowley

The Smithwick report into the IRA killings of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan was critical about how the late Garda commissioner Eugene C(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick said: “Either the IRA did have an extraordinary piece of good fortune, or Harry Breen [above] was the target of this operation. I believe that the evidence points to the latter conclusion.”

The fate of Chief Supt Harry Breen, the most senior RUC officer to be killed in the Troubles, was sealed the day he appeared on television displaying (...)

An undated handout photo  of Supt Bob Buchanan who was gunned down, along with Chief Supt Harry Breen, on March 20th, 1989,  in south Armagh. Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA Wire.

The family of Harry Breen have said all their fears have been realised by the Smithwick Tribunal’s findings.Lawyers for the respected officer’s widow(...)