Ken Bloomfield

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Frank Murray was an exceptional public servant.  Photograph: Getty

Frank Murray, one of the commissioners who worked to establish the burial of the Disappeared, was an exceptional public servant, the Taoiseach has sai(...)

Séamus Ruddy (33), a former member of  the Irish Republican Socialist Party, was  killed in a dispute  understood to have been related to INLA arms smuggling.

A new search for a Newry teacher who was murdered more than 30 years by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) is beginning today in France. Séam(...)

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state amid a feared bloodbath in the aftermath of the (...)

One of  many heavy machine guns that were in the hands of the IRA and were recovered by Northern Ireland  security forces. File photograph:   Paul Faith/PA Photo

Many people in Catholic west Belfast had become alienated from “normal civilised behaviour” in the late 1980s, Northern Ireland’s most senior civil se(...)

The bleak state of Northern Ireland’s economy in 1986 is captured in previously confidential files just released in Belfast. A report on the economic(...)

The site of a dig in Coghalstown, Co Meath where the remains of Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee were recovered from a shallow grave. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two bodies recovered from a site in Co Meath last month were those of two of the Disappeared, Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee, the Independent Commissio(...)

 Harland and Wolff  workers return to the Belfast shipyard in November 1999 after a  mass walkout during a dispute with management over a multimillion-pound contract. Photograph:  Steven Davison/Pacemaker

This year’s declassified Belfast files chart the final decline of former shipbuilding giant Harland and Wolff. They show that in 1987, faced by mounti(...)

Brendan Megraw’s siblings Kieran (left) and Sean Megraw with sister Deirdre Carnegie on the bog in Oristown, Co Meath where their brother’s remains  was recovered. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The remains recovered from Oristown bog near Kells in Co Meath early last month were this evening confirmed as those of IRA victim Brendan Megraw, one(...)

Loyalists taking part in the Orange Order protest rally against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in 1986. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

The key roles of secretary of state Douglas Hurd and RUC chief constable Sir Jack Hermon in the RUC decision to re-route a controversial Orange parad(...)

At the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985: Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King

Declassified state papers released today reveal mixed and even negative feelings towards the impending Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 on the part of t(...)

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