Martha Pope

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 Fountain Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is  under a six-week lockdown.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Of all the stories from this week’s release of state papers, one stands out fresh across the decades. In 1997, US diplomat Martha Pope, the senior ai(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

A file photo dated August 15th, 1998,  of the  damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh. Photograph:   Paul McErlane/PA
Timeline of the Omagh bombing

On August 15 1998 Northern Ireland’s fragile peace was shattered when a dissident republican car bomb ripped through the Co Tyrone market town of Omag(...)