John Major

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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams being applauded by delegates   after addressing the opening session of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation at Dublin Castle in 1991. Photograph: Frank Miller

A decision by president Mary Robinson to meet Gerry Adams during a visit to west Belfast in 1993 was vehemently opposed by then Northern Ireland secre(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is applauded by delegates including taoiseach Albert Reynolds after addressing the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Dublin Castle in October 1994. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Newly-declassified documents have shed new light on Britain’s failed attempts to stop the Clinton administration issuing a visa to allow Sinn Féin lea(...)

Australian former minister Andrew Broad resigned on December 17th over allegations that he used a ‘sugar babies’ website to meet a young Irish woman in Hong Kong, China last month. Photograph: EPA

On October 8th, 1993, British prime minister John Major delivered a speech on morality to the Conservative Party conference. He said it was “time to g(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

Honours were awarded to Labour’s Alan Campbell, leading Brexiteer John Redwood and former Tory minister Gary Streeter.

Campaigners for a second EU referendum have accused Theresa May of weakness after one of Parliament’s most prominent Brexiteers was made a knight in t(...)

The frustrated missive was written at the end of July 1994, one month before the IRA declared a ceasefire. Photograph:    Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Sometimes it just got too much. An exasperated senior civil servant from 10 Downing Street wrote a late-night pleading letter to his colleagues at the(...)

After he resigned as taoiseach in 1994, Albert Reynolds signed up to the Harry Walker Agency of New York. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

An announcement that former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was to start a lecture tour after he left office was met with “deep gloom” by a British diplomat(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams reaches out for a supporter’s hand at a conference in New York in 1994. Photograph: Hai Do/AFP/Getty Images

Former UK prime minister John Major was so furious with Bill Clinton over the US government’s decision to grant Gerry Adams a travel visa in 1994, he (...)

Taoiseach Albert Reynolds shakes hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st, 1994. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

UK prime minister John Major remained unconvinced that the IRA had permanently ended its armed campaign following the ceasefire in 1994, according to (...)

John Major in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Contrariness was the hallmark of the UK’s sometimes fractious relationship with the EU long before the Brexit vote. And it was never something for whi(...)

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