Seamus Mallon

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Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring: the chairwoman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is seeking additional funding and independence from the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Resistance within the Department of Justice and the Garda Síochána to transparency and comprehensive policing reforms are responsible for the inabilit(...)

Funeral of Donal Barrington pictured at St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The former Supreme Court judge, Donal Barrington, saw the Constitition as a living, breathing document that respected the human rights of all, his fun(...)

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(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

Sinn Féin billboard calls for “No Hard Border”:   the European Commission has announced “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Launching a history on Friday of the Sunningdale Agreement written by a former top Irish civil servant, the 82-year-old Séamus Mallon joked dryly that(...)

Noel Dorr: he argues that even though it failed to bring peace Sunningdale marked a turning point of great historical importance

One of Ireland’s most eminent diplomats of the past half century has said that part of the reason for the collapse of the Sunningdale Agreement in 197(...)

In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Almost 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, John Hume’s seminal role in the peace process has been transposed to a new film exploring (...)

Then US president Bill Clinton and John Hume in the Oval Office at the White House on March 17th, 2000.  Photograph: AFP/Corbis

It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but as the SDLP have slumped and Sinn Féin have advanced w(...)

Ray Bassett: It is time for the EU to ‘stop the insults’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has warned that Ireland is on the “wrong track” in Brexit negotiations and says the European Union should sto(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

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