John Major

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 Labour Party  leader Keir Starmer: ‘I am sad to say that, after nearly three decades of slow but steady progress, we now have a prime minister who has put his own narrow interest above those of the people of Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP Photo

British Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Boris Johnson to take personal responsibility for ensuring the Northern Ireland protocol wo(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate during squad training in Burton-Upon-Trent on Friday.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Is Gareth Southgate the saving grace of English public life? Set against the megalomaniacal strangeness of Boris and the other political stars of Brex(...)

 Eamon de Valera: I suspect that by remaining in Dublin, de Valera believed he could be brought into the talks at the 11th hour to insist on further concessions, but this was a high-risk and ultimately doomed strategy.  Photograph:  Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Éamon de Valera, as leader of Fianna Fáil, was fond of using the phrase “the evil of partition” in his speeches. I, myself, was reared in a household (...)

 Pat O’Connell meets Queen Elizabeth at his fish counter in the English Market in 2011: “There comes a time when you have to say ‘It’s time to move on’.”

Looking back on his moments with Queen Elizabeth in the English Market, Cork fishmonger Pat O’Connell says the reception she received marked Ireland’s(...)

A letter from Downing Street to the Northern Ireland Office stated that John Major ‘would certainly not wish the government make a formal expression of regret’. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Former British prime minister John Major disagreed with his secretary of state for Northern Ireland that there should be any public admission of “regr(...)

Taoiseach John Bruton and British prime minister John Major at Downing Street on November 28th, 1995. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/Pool/Reuters

Former British prime minister John Major was “reluctant” to talk to then taoiseach John Bruton on the phone because their private conversations were a(...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams gives his view of the Framework Document, February 22, 1995. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

Former British prime minister John Major saw Gerry Adams as a “clever little devil”, newly declassified files show. A private memo in February 1997, (...)

SDLP leader John Hume with party colleague Seamus Mallon. Hume was concerned that the British government, particularly in the run-up to the Westminster general election, would be ‘unable to engineer forward movement’. File photograph: Reuters

A behind-the-scenes initiative by SDLP leader John Hume to attempt to restore the 1994 IRA ceasefire, using the medium of Protestant Church leaders, i(...)

Irish emigrants embarking for America at Waterloo Docks, Liverpool, in 1850. Photograph: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

The extent of British government discomfort at commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine is revealed in previously confidential files re(...)

Former prime minister Tony Blair: Britain has yet to come to terms with the challenge presented by the loss of global influence Brexit involves. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Micheál Martin’s hastily deleted tweet on Tuesday about a conversation with Joe Biden that had yet to happen sapped some of the joy from the fact that(...)

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