Britain’s eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham. Photograph: Reuters

Irish diplomats assumed the British government listened to all their communications with Dublin during the 1980s, former officials say. Speaking afte(...)

Mairéad Farrell: one of the three members of an IRA active service unit, shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar. Photograph: Pacemaker

The Irish government secretly reassured the British government in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the (...)

At a  celebration of Richard Lewis’s  life at Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome Cemetery. From left,  Eileen Pearson, Mariad Whisker and Mary O’Carroll. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Members of Dublin’s fashion world turned out in force on Monday for the funeral in the Victorian Chapel in Mount Jerome of veteran designer Richard Le(...)

Sir Patrick Mayhew (centre) photographed in 1996 as he launched the new Bar Library Directory at Belfast High Court with Sir Brian Hutton, Lord Chief Justice (right) and Eugene Grant, Chairman General Council of the Bar in 1996. Photograph: Brian Little/PA

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has paid tribute to Lord Mayhew who has died aged 86. Lord Mayhew, or Sir Patrick Mayhew as he then was, was (...)

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)