Peter Brooke

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John Hume at the announcement of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, a deal he roughly outlined to British officials eight years earlier. Photograph: Alan Betson

On April 10th, 1998, the Irish and British governments signed the Belfast Agreement in Northern Ireland, bringing peace talks to an end. Below is th(...)

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(...)

Margaret Thatcher published her memoirs in 1993, whereas Haughey (pictured with the former British prime minister in May 1980) never wrote his. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

That the official records from the Department of the Taoiseach and of Foreign Affairs for 1988 are becoming available only now after 30 years leaves t(...)

John Hume at the announcement of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, a deal he roughly outlined to British officials eight years earlier. Photograph: Alan Betson

The evolving political views of SDLP leader John Hume engaged the close attention of the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Peter Brooke(...)

Sir George Quigley, chairman of Ulster Bank in 1992, had identified the conditions necessary for the development of the ‘island market’. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

This year’s files released by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland include discussion of a proposal by the former senior Stormont civil servan(...)

1992  ended with a controversial speech  by Patrick Mayhew in which he said that Sinn Féin could be included in future talks if the IRA ended its campaign.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The year 1992 began with an upsurge of IRA and loyalist violence in Northern Ireland. On January 17th, seven Protestant building workers were killed(...)

Dealz is ultimately owned by South African-based Steinhoff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dealz parent Steinhoff has lost more than $12 billion (€10.2bn) off its value since it revealed “accounting irregularities” and parted ways with its (...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

A file photograph from 2007 showing then Northern Ireland   First Minister Ian Paisley (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as ministers. Mr  McGuinness died on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Ireland came to know two Martin McGuinnesses. One was, for much of his life, a man of war and conflict, dedicated to fighting, as hard as he could, th(...)

 Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Brooke. Photograph: Brian Morrison/Pacemaker Press

The top British army officer in Northern Ireland in 1989 viewed the Irish government’s demand for RUC accompaniment of UDR patrols as difficult from (...)

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