1968: Front row - Willie Breslin, Dermie McClenaghan, Johnny White, Fionnbarra Ó Dochartaigh, Michael Canavan, Billy Kelsall, Ivan Cooper, John Hume, James Doherty, John Patton, Claude Wilton, Brendan Hinds. Aidan McKinney is in the third row, directly behind Dermie McClenaghan; Terry Doherty’s hair is visible but his face is obscured behind Michael Canavan. Photograph: Larry Doherty

On a bright, cold Sunday morning, six men line up in the middle of Derry’s Craigavon Bridge. It is 50 years since they stood on that same bridge, arm(...)

Michael McLoughlin, in front of the former police station in Dungannon, Co Tyrone,  where he went to hand in the notice applying for the march.

Fifty years ago, on the evening of August 24th, 1968, crowds began to gather in the square in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. Men, women and children, they ca(...)

Former MP for Stormount Austin Currie in Kinnard Park, Caledon, where in 1968 his housing protest there helped instigate the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

On the evening of June 20th, 1968, Austin Currie sent a letter of thanks to Mrs McKenna, of Kinnard Park, Caledon. “I think today we have made histor(...)

From left, Jack Lynch, minister for industry and commerce, Terence O’Neill, prime minister of Northern Ireland, Frank Aiken, minister for external affairs, and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Iveagh House, Dublin, in February 1965. Photograph: Joe Clarke

Ever the pragmatist, Seán Lemass had no objections when the prime minister of Northern Ireland, Terence O’Neill, invited him to travel to a snowy Belf(...)

Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington who has died aged 89. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington, one of his generation’s foremost experts in constitutional law, has died at the age of 89. He attended(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Newly elected Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann speaks during the party’s annual general meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast. Photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Newly installed UUP leader Robin Swann has told delegates at its Spring conference a single unionist party would “stifle debate” and “limit choice” in(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

In the shaping of modern Ireland, no one has played a more important role than TK Whitaker. In celebrating his 100th birthday today, he has lived to s(...)

And, of course, things will never be the same again. For one thing, when any newspaperman on this paper rings a bunch of pet Ministers to ask if it’s (...)

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