Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The arresting sentence in the last chapter of Malachi O’Doherty’s Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life reads, “Gerry Adams is one of the most successful(...)

 Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire:  said it would be a hugely retrograde step after years of progress if the UK government had to take back direct charge of Northern Ireland. File Photograph: PA

The British government will consider whether to stop paying members of the Northern Ireland Assembly if Ulster politicians fail to reach a deal to res(...)

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: “We can’t see this political impasse continuing much longer.” Photograph: PA Wire

The current political impasse in Northern Ireland cannot continue much longer, Northern Secretary James Brokenshire has warned after meeting the North(...)

Irish-language campaigners dressed in crocodile costumes outside a DUP MLA’s office in Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

As long as there was an IRA campaign of violence on this island, there was a large section of the Catholic nationalist community, North and South, who(...)

Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill outside the party’s  headquarters in Belfast. The party has  rejected a DUP proposal for an an immediate restoration of the assembly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said DUP leader Arlene Foster has made a “real effort this week” in trying to reconvene formal talks o(...)

James Brokenshire: he is planning to make contact with party leaders in the coming week to prepare for a return to talks.  Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire is this week due to sound out party leaders on the prospects of reinstating the Northern Executive and Assembly d(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on all nationalist parties to work together to deliver a united Ireland. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A senior Sinn Féin MLA has called on all nationalist parties to work together to deliver a united Ireland. During a speech in Co Mayo on Sunday to c(...)

George Galloway speaking in Derry. Photograph: robertemmett.co.uk

Brexit and demographic change will lead to a united Ireland by 2037, the former British MP George Galloway has said. “The feeling of wishing to remai(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams meets then US president Bill Clinton in the in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on St Patrick’s Day, 2000. Photograph: William Vasta/AFP/Getty Images

Transcripts released by the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas to The Irish Times present a fascinating insight into the role played by Bill Cli(...)

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