Martin Mcguinness

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Leaders of Sinn Féin Michelle O’Neill and the Democratic Unionist Party  Arlene Foster: work is glacial because of the absence of ministers to take key executive decisions. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

It’s a year exactly since the late Martin McGuinness stood down as deputy first minister and it’s consequently 12 months too since Northern Ireland ha(...)

Gerry Adams  delivers his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin ardfheis. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gerry Adams has no intention of playing the role of the puppeteer during his retirement, or so he tells us. After 34 years at the helm of Sinn Féin, (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called on the British and Irish governments to make decisions for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called on the British and Irish governments to make decisions for Northern Ireland in the absence of a functioning(...)

John Hume at the announcement of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, a deal he roughly outlined to British officials eight years earlier. Photograph: Alan Betson

The evolving political views of SDLP leader John Hume engaged the close attention of the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Peter Brooke(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

Martin McGuinness at the  funeral of IRA man Larry Marley in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

Martin McGuinness threatened to hold a dead IRA man’s body for a week amid tensions over paramilitary shows of strength at funerals, state papers have(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams with Martin McGuinness at a funeral in May 1987. Photograph: PA Wire

Gerry Adams was “at most No 3” on the IRA army council, his parish priest told an Irish official. Newly declassified files also reveal the Sinn Féin (...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died along with her crewmates Capt Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby while on a search and rescue mission in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Rest in peace ... They died in 2017
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  • December 28, 2017, 06:00

JANUARY 8 – Peter Sarstedt, English singer/songwriter – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? – age 75 9 – TK Whitaker, economist and former public servan(...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and DUP leader Arlene Foster will face significant challenges in 2018. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

This year was bookended by the collapse of Stormont in January and ructions over Brexit at the end of the year. In between there was considerable bah (...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

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