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(...)

John Downey, who denies murdering four  soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Hyde Park, London, on July 20th, 1982. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A former Northern Ireland Office official has defended the fact he told Republicans they were not wanted for prosecution, saying letters were only sen(...)

The Commons’ Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has sought to inquire into Tony Blair’s actions during his time in No 10 Downing Street. Photograph: PA

Former Labour prime minister, Tony Blair has finally bowed to demands from House of Commons MPs to appear before an inquiry investigating the decision(...)