Mairéad Farrell: one of the three members of an IRA active service unit, shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar. Photograph: Pacemaker

The Irish government secretly reassured the British government in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the (...)

Margaret Thatcher  visiting the site of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, a year in which security concerns dominated her dealings with the Irish government.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Throughout 1988 Anglo-Irish relations seemed vulnerable to a surprise ambush. Taoiseach Charles Haughey and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher w(...)

England manager Bobby Robson with Paul Gascoigne and other members of the squad leaving Luton to fly to Italy for the World Cup in 1990. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher praised England’s 1990 World Cup football squad for not diving like other teams, whose players she likened to acting out “the death (...)

  Michael Havers - later to become Lord Havers - who served as attorney  general to Margaret Thatcher’s  Conservative government. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Margaret Thatcher’s chief legal adviser woke from heart surgery screaming “we must kill” Ian Paisley, newly-declassified files reveal. Documents mark(...)

British Army corporal Derek Wood emerges from his car with a gun in his hand in Belfast in March 1988. Photograph: Pacemaker/Belfast

An Garda Síochána was “not a highly professional police force” and had failed in tackling the Provisional IRA south of the border, British prime minis(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May walks back to number 10 after making a statement in Downing Street. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May’s defiant statement outside 10 Downing Street, promising to fight “with everything I’ve got” to keep her job, set out the case she will ma(...)

The atmosphere in Westminster fuels the DUP sense of paranoia and its conviction that Northern Ireland is being treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Northern Ireland is changing, and quickly. Despite the presence of several seats of learning here I continue to be surprised at the absence of any ser(...)

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons at the start of a five-day debate on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement last week. Photograph PA Wire

UK Brexit minister Stephen Barclay has insisted that Tuesday’s crunch vote on Theresa May’s compromise Brexit deal would go ahead. This follows media (...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

Nissan’s car manufacturing plant in Sunderland.

Ireland is struggling to lure Japanese multinationals from their base in Britain, 29 months after the country voted for its messy divorce from the Eur(...)

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