Tim Redfern (48), who carried a “free, safe legal” poster, described the Eighth Amendment as a “weeping sore”. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Abortion is a black and white issue. Those Repeal jumpers, designed in anger last year by campaigner Anna Cosgrave, have become a ubiquitous fashion a(...)

US feminist Kate Millett in 1973 at a poetry conference in London. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The day Kate Millett died , I was writing up some ideas for feature articles - “Revisit The Loony-Bin Trip,” was one of them. On Thursday morning, I s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the U2 performance of The Joshua Tree in Croke Park Dublin. Photographs: Eric Luke

Fans from across the globe flocked to see U2 perform at Croke Park as part of the band’s The Joshua Tree tour with a host of famous faces in the crowd(...)

Brendan Duddy was the first outsider ever to meet the IRA’s Army Council. Photograph: Trevor McBride

As a successful businessman, Brendan Duddy was used to being in the public eye, but his greatest achievement was for decades shrouded in the utmost se(...)

Documentary-maker Peter Taylor with Brendan Duddy, the man he dubbed the “secret peacemaker”. Photograph courtesy of Duddy family

The “secret peacemaker” Brendan Duddy risked his life to make an “incalculable” contribution to peace, mourners at his funeral in Derry were told on M(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Martin McGuinness had a confidence, intelligence and empathy that stood out. But he also had a ruthlessness that was honed in the Derry cauldron of his time. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Martin McGuinness’s mother Peggy made great soup. So discovered Peter Sheridan, assistant chief constable of the PSNI and the most senior Catholic in (...)

Professor Ivor Browne: presented as a sort of mystical guru

Professor Ivor Browne, now in his late 80s, has managed to remain controversial and divisive throughout his long career. As chief psychiatrist with th(...)

Nell McCafferty graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA degree in 1964. Photograph: Court Collins

It may have been over half a century since she first graduated from the groves of academe but feminist and civil rights campaigner Nell McCafferty ha(...)

Nora Hickey M’Sichili: “Paris is a very international city. I’m Irish, my husband is Zambian, so for me it was very healthy.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Parisian taxi drivers smile when you say that you’re from Ireland and want to go to Rue des Irlandais, a quiet street just behind the Panthéon in the (...)