Peter Shirlow

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The notion of John Hume’s “agreed Ireland” wasn’t just an aspirational soundbite, but was being practised at political level, and was feeding into the more optimistic public mood. The future seemed to look neither hard green nor orange, but a lighter mix of the two. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit has unleashed many demons in Northern Ireland, and on the island generally. It has shaken social, political and economic structures, and raised(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

With the “civic unionism” letter, Dr James Wilson was anxious to counter any nationalist assumptions that such a grouping  was “passive” about or opposed to equality and rights.  File photograph: Getty Images

Dr James Wilson is a freelance consultant, researcher and historian, and former member of the British army from Coleraine, Co Derry, who believes broa(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)

 Members of the Royal Black Preceptory in the sea side town of Bangor in Co Down: the North Down constituency voted by 52-48 per cent in favour of staying in the European Union. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

When Britain voted for Brexit, a strange thing happened in North Down. This is a unionist-dominated area of Northern Ireland, with many of its people(...)

A taxi sits outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast.  The city is being redrawn into three Westminster divisions of under proposed changes. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Belfast is to lose an MP at the next election under proposed changes to Northern Ireland’s constituencies. The city is being redrawn into three Westm(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (centre) stands with with party colleagues during her party’s election billboard launch outside Titanic Belfast. Photograph: PA

Social and economic concerns have vied for prominence with traditional orange and green issues in a Stormont Assembly election campaign that has been (...)

Linda Ervine: Ian Paisley was “turned upon” by his own people, “but for the wrong reasons”.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Ian Paisley was an old man who did a lot of damage, took credit that was due to others and eventually came to realise the damage he had done, Gaeli(...)

Former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari (centre) with Prof Hastings Donnan and Prof Tony Gallagher at the launch of the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

A Belfast institute that will examine peace-building throughout the world has been opened by the former president of Finland and Nobel peace pr(...)