Norman Tebbit

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Citizen Smith. Jon Smith at the Irish citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

I would like to think this Irishman’s Diary sets a record: at the time of writing, I have been an Irishman for a little over an hour. On Monday, I an(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe in an RTÉ studio. He faced tricky question from listeners of Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Wednesday, as Sean O’Rourke finishes his Q&A session with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, he sums up proceedings with succinct if brutal (...)

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 (...)

The Grand Hotel in Brighton after the IRA bombing  in 1984 that  left Margaret Tebbit paralysed. Photograph:  PA

The death of Martin McGuinness and, in particular, Norman Tebbit’s subsequent comments raise questions about the nature of forgiveness. Tebbit said h(...)

A file photograph from 1984 showing the the scene after an IRA exploded a bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton where most of the British cabinet were staying for the Conservative Party Conference. Photograph: PA

Former Tory cabinet minister Norman Tebbit said he hopes Martin McGuinness is “parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest(...)

With the deadening inevitability of rain at a barbecue, Unionist politicians have complained about modest public funds being passed to Brendan J Byrn(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cameron had just arrived home on September 18th last year, the night of the Scottish independence referendum, when he got a telephone call sh(...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Politicians have underestimated it, artists have been beguiled by it, A-listers charmed and D-listers flattered. But after years of luring unsuspec(...)

Documentary maker Peter Taylor who made the BBC programme Who Won the War? “It is clear that the British and the unionists won,” he says,  “because the union is secure and the IRA is no more.”

A former senior British Conservative minister, James Prior, has stated that “violence probably does work”, while one of the last of the IRA hunger str(...)

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