Peter Hain

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A garda at a border crossing in Donegal in 1985. Photograph: Getty Images

Life has become pretty normal for most people in Northern Ireland over the past 20 years or so. Like anyone else in the UK, people go to jobs near to (...)

  Philip Green. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Philip Green has been named as the businessman at the centre of abuse allegations uncovered by the UK’s Daily Telegraph, making the billionaire retail(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

All investigations into unsolved killings during the Troubles should be stopped and the money saved spent on victims and survivors, some of the UK’s s(...)

British Brexit Secretary David Davis has claimed Sinn Féin’s growing influence in the Republic has pushed the Irish Government into taking a harder-than-expected stand in the Brexit negotiations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sinn Féin’s growing influence in the Republic has pushed the Irish Government into taking a harder-than-expected stand in the Brexit negotiations , Br(...)

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in August. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

At one end of the main street in Vrede, a dust-blown farming town in South Africa’s Free State province, stands a stone Dutch Reformed Church. At the (...)

South African president Jacob Zuma: ANC is due to vote on his successor. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo/Reuters

The FBI has opened an investigation into US links to South Africa’s Gupta family, escalating a political scandal over the three brothers’ alleged use (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster  and UK prime minister Theresa May. The DUP  will not  accept policies to reduce state pension benefits or May’s reactionary “dementia tax”. Photograph: PA Wire

In Northern Ireland the British government must always be seen to act in good faith. I learned this personally when trying to bring together bitter ol(...)

Armed police officers arrested a man carrying knives near British prime minister Theresa May’s office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing(...)

Rightly or wrongly, the EU has granted Spain a veto over the treatment of Gibraltar in the Brexit negotiations. The alacrity with which some in Britai(...)

From left:  Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, Peter Hain and  Ian Paisley in   Stormont on May 8th, 2007, when Paisley and  McGuinness  were sworn in  as  deputy first and first ministers following a deal  between  Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

It was summer 2005, early into my role as secretary of state for Northern Ireland, when Martin McGuinness came into my Stormont Castle office, peering(...)

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