Seamus Mallon

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One suspects this creaky documentary on Pope John Paul II’s days in Ireland was timed to capitalise on the expected furore around Pope Francis’s recen(...)

Brexit secretary: Dominic Raab makes a speech on Thursday outlining London’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Pool/Getty

Trust us, the British government says, as Dublin and Brussels wearily ask why they should. The Irish Government and European Union negotiators, accust(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Sinn Féin has been criticised for attempting to block former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon being made a freeman of Drogheda on (...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair and George Mitchell smiling on April 10th, 1998, after they signed a historic agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, ending a 30-year conflict. Photograph: Dan Chung

It was 6am at Stormont’s Castle Buildings on Good Friday 1998. The facilities for the media had not provided for an overnight stay, with the result th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke to the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley on Thursday night and the two agreed to meet in Belfast after April 10th. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish and British governments are to launch another push to re-establish the powersharing institutions at Stormont. The move will follow celebra(...)

Seamus Mallon said the agreement changed the relationship between the Irish Government and the British government.

Northern Ireland’s first deputy first minister Seamus Mallon said he is convinced the Belfast Agreement led to “one of the most important periods in I(...)

The SDLP’s Mark Durkan  on the Peace Bridge spanning the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. “It’s about getting back to the Agreement. Does that mean that people go back to supporting the SDLP? I don’t know. That’s a choice for future elections, and for the wider electorate.” Photograph: Trevor McBride

Twenty years after the murders of Philip Allen and Damien Trainor, Mark Durkan still thinks of them. The friends – one Protestant, the other Catholic(...)

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