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(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams addresses the Sinn Féin ard fheis in 1986. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

The stage-management skills of Gerry Adams were remarked on in a Department of Foreign Affairs assessment of Sinn Féin’s decision to end the policy of(...)

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has said it is ‘quite possible’ that Gerry Adams will no longer be party leader in five years’ time. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Sinn Féin TD has said it is “quite possible” that Gerry Adams will no longer be party leader in five years’ time, following a call from a party acti(...)

Des Dalton at the Republican Sinn Féin shop on Dublin’s Parnell Street, surrounded by republican paraphernalia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The rooms in Republican Sinn Féin’s offices on Parnell Street in Dublin are filled with a chaotic clutter, a mass of agitprop paraphernalia stuffed in(...)

IRA man Séamus Murphy, who has died aged 80, was the only man to succeed in escaping from Wakefield prison in west Yorkshire on February 12th, (...)

Jeremy Corbyn: Was accused by Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton of undermining “the credibility of deterrence”. Photograph: PA

General Sir John Hackett once put me right about the meaning of nuclear deterrence. As far as the military was concerned, the concept of “mutually ass(...)

A view of Sackville Street (O’Connell St) and the River Liffey at Eden Quay in Dublin, showing the devastation wrought during the Easter Rising.

Stewart Bevan’s grandfather Charles Stewart Bevan and his grand-uncles Seamus Bevan and Thomas Bevan fought in the Easter Rising. Bevan’s grandfather(...)

Ruairi O Bradaigh, speaking at the GPO in Dublin in 1976.  Photograph: Pat Langan

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, who has died aged 80, was a former president of Republican Sinn Féin, having previously held the presidency of Provisional Sinn Féi(...)

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh being driven from the Special Court in Dublin after being sentences to six month’s imprisonment for being a member of the IRA in 1973. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, whose life- long commitment to an interpretation of Irish republicanism was matched only by the fervour with which he opposed any c(...)

Republican Ruairí O Bradaigh has died aged 80.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ruairí O Bradaigh, whose life-long commitment to an interpretation of Irish republicanism was matched only by the fervour with which he opposed any co(...)

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