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The entrance to the newly reopened Mo Mowlam play park at the Stormont estate in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A children’s play park in Belfast named in honour of the late Mo Mowlam has reopened after an £800,000 (€890,000) transformation. The Mo Mowlam Play (...)

Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton at a Belfast  event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Belfast  Agreement. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

It is one of the greatest political achievements that many of us will ever see, and there are many lessons to take from the 20th anniversary of the Be(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Belfast Agreement. Photograph: Reuters

When British prime minister Tony Blair left Downing Street in early April 1998 and headed for Belfast to take charge of the Northern Ireland peace tal(...)

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

At a certain point during My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), a personal, fascinating and rather comprehensive investigation into(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

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