Mo Mowlam

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Kevin McNamara: his arrival in the Commons following a byelection came just before the outbreak of the Troubles and for the bulk of his career it was a major focus of his concern. Photograph: PA

Former British Labour Party MP Kevin McNamara, who has died aged 82,probably did more during his long political career than any other British politici(...)

Former Labour MP Kevin McNamara has died at the age of 82 after he was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer last month. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British Labour spokesman on Northern Ireland Kevin McNamara has died aged 82 after a short illness. Mr McNamara had been an MP for 39 years, f(...)

 Derry  from its famous city walls: Two passionate and enlightening tours offer diverse insights into this  historically pivotal town. Photograph: Henryk Sadura/Getty

“You may be wondering if you’re going to hear the two sides of the story, well not really. Others can tell their story and I’ll respect it, but here’(...)

Julie Walters. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Julie Walters is verging on national treasure status. And not just in England, but in Ireland as well. Her latest role, as the indomitable Mrs (...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

Nicola Russell who passed away at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after living with cancer since 2007. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

The Belfast-based artist Nicola Russell has died aged 51. The painter passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after li(...)

Newly promoted PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris told the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee yesterday that just 17 officers were investigating 28 cases.

The investigation into the 228 republicans who were given letters saying that they were not wanted for prosecution could take up to a decade because o(...)

 Leo Varadkar:  refreshing directness. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar needs to be careful. Such is his press and public acclaim these days that some of Enda Kenny’s apparatchiks might decide become to do a M(...)

David Trimble:  scathing about officials and the late Northern secretary of state Mo Mowlam. “I did not have a good relationship with the NIO,” he said. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Letters given to republican on-the-runs were used by Sinn Féin to maintain “loyalty and discipline” in their ranks, former Northern Ireland first mini(...)

A file photo dated August 15th, 1998,  of the  damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh. Photograph:   Paul McErlane/PA
Timeline of the Omagh bombing

On August 15 1998 Northern Ireland’s fragile peace was shattered when a dissident republican car bomb ripped through the Co Tyrone market town of Omag(...)