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Acting Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he and new NI Secretary Brandon Lewis had a ‘good’ and ‘cordial’ meeting in Belfast on Friday. File photograph Nick Bradshaw the Irish Times

Commitments on legacy in the North must be implemented in full, the acting Tánaiste has told the new Northern Secretary during their first meeting. (...)

PSNI said it was currently at the scene of a security alert in the Glenties Drive area

A crude explosive device has been found outside the west Belfast home of the brother of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane. The police said the remnant(...)

Sinn Féin’s North Belfast MP John Finucane: His visit to the US so soon after his election underlines the importance Sinn Féin ascribes to its American support. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

John Finucane remembers the events of that Sunday evening well. On February 12th, 1989, loyalist paramilitaries burst into his family home and opened(...)

Brian Lenihan, Charles Haughey and Michael O’Kennedy at a press conference following a Haughey-Margaret Thatcher summit meeting in Dublin in December 1980. File photograph: Tom Lawlor

The latest release of official documents under the 30-year rule contains some fascinating information about what went on behind the scenes in governme(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sometimes reacted in a ‘petulant and dismissive way’ when officials tried to engage her on Northern Ireland affairs. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Margaret Thatcher “switches off” when Northern Ireland comes up during discussions with her officials in Downing Street, an Irish diplomat reported ba(...)

Republic of Ireland players John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy celebrate a goal in the Word Cup qualifier against Malta on November 15th, 1989. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

January 16th: The case of the Guildford Four is referred to the Court of Appeal. January 17th: Douglas Hogg, a British Home Office minister, publicly(...)

Mi5 Headquarters in London. Two of Britain’s most senior legal figures have ruled for the first time that a secret MI5 policy which allows British security service agents to commit serious crimes is unlawful. Image: iStock.

Two of Britain’s most senior legal figures have ruled for the first time that a secret MI5 policy which allows British security service agents to comm(...)

Sinn Féin’s John Finucane speaks after being declared the winner in the Belfast North constituency at the Titanic exhibition centre in  Belfast in the early hours of Friday morning. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

It was billed as the showdown battle of the Westminster election in Northern Ireland, and in the end Sinn Féin triumphed over the DUP, John Finucane t(...)

Asking unionists what kind of united Ireland they want is like asking turkeys what kind of sauce they want to be served with at Christmas, Senator Ian Marshall has said.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Asking unionists what kind of united Ireland they want is like asking turkeys what kind of sauce they want to be served with at Christmas, Senator Ian(...)

Pat Finucane Centre director Paul O’Connor said he had joined the IRA in 1970, aged 15, and had left in 1972.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has defended its funding of the Derry-based human rights organisation the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC(...)

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