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In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Almost 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, John Hume’s seminal role in the peace process has been transposed to a new film exploring (...)

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but as the SDLP have slumped and Sinn Féin have advanced w(...)

Britain’s new defence secretary  Gavin Williamson is in charge of the world’s fifth-largest defence budget. Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

In London on Monday, a man with no ministerial experience began his first full week in charge of the world’s fifth-largest defence budget. Gavin Wil(...)

Theresa May is greeted by primary pupils during a visit to the Dunraven School in Streatham, south London,  on Monday. Photograph: Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

In the novels of Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, characters cope with the bleakness of their situation through denia(...)

The prime minster said she would not ‘hide from the challenge’ when asked about the foreign secretary Boris Johnson. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Theresa May has suggested she is prepared to demote Boris Johnson in a signal of strength after Downing Street successfully deflected an attempted cou(...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his keynote speech during the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Jim Callaghan would have had some sympathy for Theresa May as she struggled with her croaky voice and the prankster handing her a mock P45. Back in 19(...)

Mavis Arnold (centre) at the launch in 1987 of her booklet ‘Irishwomen into Focus’, with (left)  Thekla Beere, former chairwoman of the Commission on the Status of Women, and the then minister of State for women’s affairs, Nuala Fennell. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

After news broke that the political journalist Bruce Arnold’s home telephone had been tapped by An Garda Síochána, his wife Mavis couldn’t resist joki(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, whose commitment to  “strong and stable” leadership is now a line recited more in black humour than in awe. Photograph: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

In 1956, Britain’s Daily Telegraph wanted to hear the “smack of firm government” from the meandering prime minister of the day. Anthony Eden took it t(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “Ultimately Lloyd George wanted a unionist-friendly solution. I am certain about that.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will not get “knotted up” about the verdict of history because so much of what has been written about him is(...)

Dafhyd Flynn in Michael Inside, the best new Irish film at the Galway Film Fleadh

There was a time when you could take the temperature of the nation by glancing at the tight handful of Irish features premiering at the Galway Film Fl(...)

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