Martin Mcguinness

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From left, Aoife and Sean Maguire, Niamh Maguire, Erin Keaney, Patrick Keaney, Gaby Maguire and Dana Keaney are all ready to cheer on Fermanagh at Clones on Sunday. Photograph:  Ronan McGrade

“Is there some big match on?” These were the remarks of one unionist in Co Fermanagh this week as he surveys the green and white bunting strewn across(...)

 Peadar Tóibín TD, pictured at the Sinn Féin ard fheis in 2015, did not speak during the party’s debate on Saturday on changing  its  policy toward  abortion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Sinn Féin ardfheis has cleared the way for party TDs and senators to vote for legislation allowing for abortion up to 12 weeks when it comes befor(...)

The party said it operates “under a constitution and a code of conduct”.

The Democratic Unionist Party is prepared to impose fines of up to £1,000 (€1,100) on its politicians if they speak to the media without permission fr(...)

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said Northern Ireland was facing its most critical moment since the 1998 Belfast agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The DUP and Sinn Féin have been urged to return to governance in Northern Ireland, with former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore describing the leadership of the(...)

The cancellation of the scheme was one of the final disputes between the DUP and Sinn Féin that eventually collapsed Stormont in January 2017. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Stormont’s Department for Communities (DfC) failed to carry out necessary equality tests before cutting a £50,000 Irish language bursary scheme for di(...)

‘A good mix of Fenians and Prods’ - the women in Shankill wisecrack to photographer: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

For more than 30 years the Shankill Women’s Centre (SWC) on Belfast’s Shankill Road has been at the heart of the community, a haven for women during o(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Peace process: President Bill Clinton in Belfast in 1998, flanked by First Minister David Trimble, of the UUP, Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon, of the SDLP. Photograph: Doug Mills/AP

Among its other provisions, the Belfast Agreement, which was signed 20 years ago this week, allows the people of Northern Ireland to identify “as Iris(...)

Kevin Rowland: one of those interviewed in  “Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland” by Stuart Bailie. Photograph: Steve Thorne/Redferns

The Northern arts world is marking the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement with a range of expressions including film, music, poetry, literary r(...)

 Mo Mowlam with her portrait painted by artist John Keane in 2002  at the National Portrait Gallery in  London. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth / PA

How important can a wig toss on a Monday, a hug on a Tuesday, and an expletive on a Wednesday really be to a peace process? Some people may argue not (...)

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