Jim Allister speaks during rally against the Northern Ireland protocol organised by North Antrim Amalgamated Orange Committee, in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

These are big weeks for Jim Allister, the lone representative of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, but often one of the loudest voices in Stormont(...)

Martin Fraser has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade. Photograph: GIS

Ireland has very few civil servants that have become household names, even fleetingly. Robert Watt’s recent pay hike on becoming secretary general of(...)

Philadelphia Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle: Tweet about Belfast Agreement caused much head-scratching as the United States is not a signatory to the 1998 peace deal, nor is it referenced in the text in any way. Photograph:  Rich Polk/Getty Images

America’s role in the peace process is often misunderstood, including it seems by Philadelphia Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle, who last week tweet(...)

Seán O’Neill’s Down jersey and football boots, worn in the 1960 All-Ireland Senior Football final when they beat Kerry, and a football signed by the team, at the GAA Museum in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Of all the many conversations I’ve had over the years about the rise of the 1960 Down team, one in particular stands out to this day. And it wasn’t wi(...)

Aaron Brady: convicted of the capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

It is a measure of how far Sinn Féin has travelled in recent decades that the decisive breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of a garda du(...)

Newly appointed Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey barely had her feet under the desk before Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was complaining about her appointment. The West Belfast MLA was in Magennis’s bar in central Belfast the night in January 2005 when Robert McCartney was stabbed and beaten to death. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin’s surge in the opinion polls has raised questions about how it would perform in government were Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil to reverse their st(...)

Sylvia Hermon during the 2017 Westminster election count. Photograph:  Brian Little/PressEye

Whoever wins North Down will depend largely on where Sylvia Hermon’s votes go. What Green, Sinn Féin and SDLP voters do will also have a bearing on th(...)

Belfast man Robert McCartney, who was murdered in 2005, with his partner Bridgeen Hagans. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last week, Councillor Deirdre Hargey became Sinn Féin’s first female Lord Mayor of Belfast. The inauguration ceremony, during which the previous incu(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Mark Farren in action in 2006. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Soccer star Mark Farren has been laid to rest alongside his late triplets after his battle with cancer. The 33-year-old has been remembered as one of(...)

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