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Colin Parry (left) with his wife Wendy and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace event this evening. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, marking the 20th anniversary of the Warrington bombs that killed two children, tonight said that “regrettably the past (...)

 US diplomat Richard Haass: ‘I think this last summer was something of an indication or something of a warning that one should not take the improvements for granted.’ he said. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

US diplomat Richard Haass has said that he is “looking for give and take” from the interested parties as he seeks to oversee agreement on how to deal(...)

Northern reconciliation

The offer by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to review unionist perceptions that the State did not do enough to counter IRA activities was a useful gesture, as(...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness: said next week’s talks were ‘a real and genuine effort’ by all parties to ‘try and crack these very difficult nuts’.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson said next week’s all-party talks on the controversial issues of flags, parades and the past chaired b(...)

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who is on a visit to New York with First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness ended the first day of their New York trip among friends.(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

The family of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney carry his coffin at St Mary’s Church in Bellaghy Co Derry. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest this evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees. “May the green sods of(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook for the funeral of Seamus Heaney this morning. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Seamus Heaney filled the world with poetry and prose, but said his goodbye with the simplest of lullabies. Tearful tributes from a lifelong friend and(...)

Seamus Heaney at a turf bog in Bellaghy, Co Derry, in 1986, wearing his father’s coat, hat and walking stick. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives/John J Burns Library/Boston College.

    Throughout his career Seamus Heaney had to chart his way through the tempestuous waters of being an Ulster, Irish and inte(...)

 Late poet Seamus Heaney, above, has been described by  Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan as a “very humble, modest man” who was “very accessible”.

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to his friend and fellow poet Seamus Heaney who died this morning. The pair have been friends for decades(...)

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