John Hume

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Derry City manager Declan Devine: “From the first day in the door I thought we had to get local-based players.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Declan Devine pushes the brochure across the desk in the manager’s office. Derry, city walls, tours, it said. We were in the Brandywell stadium on Thu(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (left) and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at ‘Beyond Brexit - The Future of Ireland’  event in Beflast on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has called for the Government to convene a forum to begin planning for Irish unity. Ms McDonald when speaking a(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A merger between Fianna Fáil and the SDLP represent a gamble for both parties but it appears that the leadership on each side has come to the conclusi(...)

Ian Paisley jnr: in 1994 he told Larry Robinson that the DUP would be happy to re-enter the talks process at Stormont “provided that the Hume-Adams talks were ended” and the Republic made a firm commitment to a referendum on articles 2 and 3.  Photograph: PA Wire

Revealing insights into the thinking of several Northern Ireland politicians was provided to the British government by a London-based American diploma(...)

Ray Houghton  heads the Republic of Ireland winner past England’s Peter Shilton during the European Championship at Stuttgart, June 12th 1988. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

January 11th: SDLP leader John Hume and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams hold the first in a series of secretive meetings in Belfast. January 17th: Au(...)

British Army corporal Derek Wood emerges from his car with a gun in his hand in Belfast in March 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker/Belfast

An Garda Síochána was “not a highly professional police force” and had failed in tackling the Provisional IRA south of the border, British prime minis(...)

 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘The decision to downgrade history in our secondary schools and to make it a non-compulsory subject [at Junior Cert level] was short-sighted and quite frankly ill-considered.’ File photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has suggested British children should be compulsorily taught Irish history to combat the “sheer ignorance” in the UK exp(...)

Hits of 2018: Cant's Cope Won't Cope, Finding Joy, Taken Down, Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip,   Patrick Kielty’s My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me and  Young Offenders

What are you looking at? It’s a question that’s been keeping television station bosses up at night for another year, receiving reports of an ever-dwi(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varakdar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has staunchly defended his remarks that he is open to considering a review clause in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Mr Varad(...)

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