Seamus Mallon

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, Prof Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast and Cllr John Finucane at the launch of their paper on the role of the EU in Irish unity. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker

A threat of violence must not be an argument against any future referendum on a united Ireland being decided by a simple majority vote, even if it is (...)

Children of the Troubles: Desmond Guiney, Charles Love, Lesley Gordon, Julie Livingstone and Siobhan McCabe (top row); John Dougal, Dessie Healey, Brian Stewart, Peter Watterson and Patrick Rooney (middle row); and Michael McIlveen, Paula Strong, Clare Hughes, Angela Gallagher and Philip Rafferty (bottom row)

Patrick Rooney loved horror movies and Halloween, and wanted to be a priest when he grew up. In August 1969, the nine-year-old was killed when the RUC(...)

Maureen Rafferty, whose son   Philip was abducted by a UFF gang in January 1973 as he made his way to band practice. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The horror and pointlessness of the violence which disfigured Northern Ireland for so long is captured vividly in a new book, Children of the Troubles(...)

Bandsmen march during the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It can be debated whether it is helpful to be talking now about a future united Ireland. However, when such a central figure in Ulster unionism as Pe(...)

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell. Photograph: Getty Images

I remember coming home from primary school after a lesson on Daniel O’Connell and his monster political meetings. We were told that when the British a(...)

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fifty years ago Northern Ireland was facing into an uncertain future with no notion of the horror ahead. Today there is no doubt the North is facing i(...)

Seamus Mallon suggests a united Ireland could be achieved on a “parallel consent” principle with consent from parties representing both traditions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last weekend former deputy SDLP leader Seamus Mallon made an important intervention in the debate about whether and how a united Ireland could be achi(...)

 Seamus Mallon in 1984 holding up a picture taken of the bugging equipment found in the house in Dublin where he stayed occasionally. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Reading Seamus Mallon’s new memoir, A Shared Home Place, has transported me back to my short but educational career as a hitchhiker during the mid-198(...)

This weekend’s Eason book offer when you purchase a copy of The Irish Times is €7 off the cover price of Last Stories by William Trevor, now just €4.9(...)

Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

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