Mary Holland

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Sinn Féin leaders at the First Dáil in 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive

This weekend a century ago, with the declaration of the general election results on December 28th, Sinn Féin was absorbing the scale of its triumph an(...)

Mary Holland’s report on the front page of The Irish Times, March 21st 1988.

Kevin Brady’s funeral started peacefully. As with other funerals in west Belfast last week, police were nowhere to be seen, and the only evidence of a(...)

‘It was inevitable last weekend the Citizens’ Assembly put it up to the Oireachtas, recommending it finally set a date for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was a poster in our house in 1983, used in the campaign that year against the proposed Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. I was 11 and though(...)

A file photograph from 2007 showing then Northern Ireland   First Minister Ian Paisley (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as ministers. Mr  McGuinness died on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Ireland came to know two Martin McGuinnesses. One was, for much of his life, a man of war and conflict, dedicated to fighting, as hard as he could, th(...)

 People Before Profit  candidate Eamonn McCann,    with  daughter Kitty Holland, in the Foyle constituency. Photograph:  Trevor McBride

In the immediate afterglow of People Before Profit’s historic electoral breakthrough last year, one of their two new members of the Stormont Assembly,(...)

Izzy Armstrong, played by Cherylee Houston, buys cannabis in an upcoming episode of Coronation St. Picture: ITV

The spoiler stories in the tabloids tell that Izzy Armstrong will be arrested any day now for possession of cannabis. The way the police and prosecu(...)

‘I don’t think “Cyprus Avenue” is a loyalist play. It’s about loyalism,’ says Stephen Rea, who appears in the play at the Abbey Theatre in February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

This is a safe place. Cyprus Avenue, a new play by the Belfast writer David Ireland, begins with gentle reassurance. “Here it’s okay to say anything y(...)

Thank you everyone in the last week who has taken the time to support and talk about the women in this country who for so long have been denied the right to choose and to be part of that conversation

If you will excuse me, this week I am going to write one of those list-based articles. Listicles, some people call them. There is this notion that (...)

The Forsythe Company: Jone San Martin in Legítimo/Rezo
Ballet, reinvented
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  • March 28, 2015, 01:00

During the process of decommissioning arms after the Belfast Agreement, in 1998, the word choreography was central to the political lexicon. Politicia(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

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