Patrick Mayhew. Photograph: Frank Miller

Among the most controversial politicians of 1988 was then British attorney general Patrick Mayhew. On January 20th that year, Irish diplomat Richard R(...)

British secretary of state Douglas Hurd first raised UDR’s credibility. Photograph: Frank Miller

The image and activities of the Ulster Defence Regiment proved an increasingly embarrassing issue for the British government in the run-up to and afte(...)

 Rev Ian Paisley (centre) and Peter Robinson (second from left)  in  the  early 1980s. Photograph: Pacemaker

The “steam has run out” of then DUP leader Ian Paisley in 1985, but his deputy, Peter Robinson remained a “dangerous man”, according to then minister (...)

Gerry Adams: Sinn Féin leader had distributed a questionnaire to IRA prisoners asking for “details of ill treatment”. Photograph: Pat Langan

The use of the Irish language in the Maze prison caused a major headache for the Northern Ireland Office in the early 1980s, according to previously c(...)