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Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

All investigations into unsolved killings during the Troubles should be stopped and the money saved spent on victims and survivors, some of the UK’s s(...)

Newly elected UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Girdwood barracks in Belfast, 1979

Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher complained at the height of the Troubles that the IRA saw the Republic as a safe haven and that the Garda w(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Jack Mc Manus

When Charles Haughey replaced Garret FitzGerald as taoiseach in March 1987 there were fears the Anglo Irish Agreement might collapse and the governmen(...)

Northern secretary Tom King (left) with minister for foreign affairs Brian Lenihan in Dublin in September 1987. Irish officials reckoned King had “moved a considerable distance” since his “appallingly bad” start. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

1987 was an election year in both the Republic and in Britain: Charles Haughey returned to the Taoiseach’s office in March and Margaret Thatcher forme(...)

IRA weapons pictured in 2001 after being recovered by security forces. Photograph: PA

The IRA was costing up to £3 million a year to run during the 1980s, according to newly declassified security briefings. The then RUC chief constable(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

 Son Heung-min was the hat-trick hero as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Millwall 6-0 at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 6 Millwall 0 It was tempting to say that when Vincent Janssen scores, the visiting team know they have problems. Those of Millwall,(...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher flanked by Geoffrey Howe and Tom King wave goodbye after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Hillsborough, Co Down, in May 1985. Photograph: Pat Langan

A snub to a direct rule minister over a UDR regimental dinner in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement provoked the ire of the Northern Ireland secre(...)

British Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986.

In any assessment of the historic importance of the Anglo-Irish Agreement, the Irish diplomats who had delivered it in November 1985 paid special atte(...)

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s former First Minister Peter Robinson was plotting to declare an independent state amid a feared bloodbath in the aftermath of the (...)

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