Martin Mcguinness

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 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 (...)

In her Easter oration, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald “delivered boilerplate full of the usual platitudes on welcoming unionists into a united Ireland”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Sinn Féin’s annual Easter message has become a curiously well-mannered ritual. Large parts of it are generally about unionists and those parts are off(...)

 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 (...)

Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and George Mitchell smiling on April 10th, 1998, after they signed a historic agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, ending a 30-year conflict. Photograph: Dan Chung

It was 6am at Stormont’s Castle Buildings on Good Friday 1998. The facilities for the media had not provided for an overnight stay, with the result th(...)

 British prime minister John Major  and taoiseach Albert Reynolds during a press conference in London in December 1993 following their joint declaration on the North. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by. Looking back I think about the leadership qualities of those involved who helped us get to the point (...)

Martin McGuinness waves to supporters during a Reclaim 1916 parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Thousands of people have walked from Derry to the stone ring fort of Grianán an Aileach in Burt, Co Donegal, in memory of Martin McGuinness. The for(...)

For a backdrop, ‘Newsnight’ superimposed Corbyn on to an image of the Kremlin washed by a sinister red sunrise.

I’m going to form a band called Jeremy Corbyn’s Hat. I’m not really. But such a jape would be worthwhile. For a week or two in early 2018 – I’m imagin(...)

Former DUP leader Peter Robinson (with red tie) joins his successor as party  leader Arlene Foster  for the unveiling of a portrait of late former Sinn Féin deputy first minister Martin McGuinness  in the Parliament Building, Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Thursday. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Stormont leaders will have to return to the negotiating table if a solution to the political crisis in Northern Ireland is to be found, Peter Robinso(...)

Mourners gather for Martin McGuinness’s funeral on March 23rd, 2017. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In Derry, the dead keep watch over the living. Perched high on the Creggan hillside, the headstones in the City Cemetery look down over Derry and its (...)

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

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