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Tony Blair: the prime minister  was left ‘angry, disillusioned and betrayed’ after the murder of John Graham and David Johnston. Photograph: Adam Butler/ AP Photo

The murder of two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers in 1997 led newly elected British prime minister Tony Blair to doubt whether he could deal with S(...)

Then-taoiseach John Bruton at the United Nations General Assembly in June  1997. File photograph: Kathy Willens/AP Photo

John Bruton was “as good a taoiseach as we are likely to get”, according to a senior British civil servant in 1997. The former taoiseach was describe(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams leaving No 10 Downing Street after his meeting with British prime minister Tony Blair on   December 11th. Photograph:  Gerry Penny/AFP via Getty Images

A visit by the Sinn Féin leadership to Downing Street at Christmas in 1997 led to concern that pictures of Gerry Adams standing near a Christmas tree (...)

British ambassador Veronica Sutherland  warned that historical anniversaries such as Bloody Sunday and the Famine aroused strong emotions and should be dealt with sensitively even though they may appear of ‘secondary importance’ in the UK. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mistrust, misapprehension, victimhood and a fear of marginalisation– just some of the defining characteristics of the Irish in the late 1990s, accordi(...)

Starving peasants in 1846 clamour at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty

Former British prime minister John Major stepped in to stop plans for a service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine in 1996 amid f(...)

Cork captain, Peter O’Driscoll, lifts the Clarke Cup at the end of the game. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Cork 3-16 Dublin 1-14 Twelve minutes gone and this game was seemingly over. Bookies prepared for an early pay-out, the Cork bus was warming up and h(...)

Aileen and Neil Walker retrofitted their timber-frame house in Ballyboughal, Dublin, under the SuperHomes scheme.

The average Irish home is leaky. So leaky that if you were to add up all the tiny holes around windows, pipes and wires and through the attic, there w(...)

Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill  and  Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald  celebrating the result of the  abortion referendum  in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

The abortion referendum result will have “no impact” on Northern Ireland’s restrictive regime, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has decl(...)

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign said the decisive Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment means there is a strong mandate to continue campaigning for change north of the Border in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

British-based Irish abortion rights activists have said they will immediately transfer their focus to changing the law in Northern Ireland in an attem(...)

Rome-based Aoife Cassin: “I was already aware Irish citizens living abroad had to travel home in order to vote, which I feel, like the Eighth Amendment, is also outdated.”

In the run-up to the same-sex marriage referendum in May 2015, social media was flooded with stories of Irish emigrants returning home to vote. Journe(...)

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