Border patrol: a wounded British soldier in Co Fermanagh in 1978. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

In 1983, taoiseach Garret FitzGerald convened the New Ireland Forum in Dublin, intending to achieve a consensus among constitutional nationalist parti(...)

Howard Hastings: “Our competitors today are different from those 20 years ago.”

Fifty years on from its formaiton, the Hastings Hotel Group now has a portfolio of six luxury hotels stretching across Northern Ireland. A seventh, th(...)

Gerry Adams (from left) and Martin McGuinness with Tony Blair and Jonathan Powell at Westminster in 2007. ‘He deserves to be remembered for the risks he took and the success he achieved in making Northern Ireland a better place.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organ(...)

US president Bill Clinton arriving at University of Ulster Magee Campus in Derry to meet the  first minister Peter Robinson and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness in 2010. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

It was the very early days of the Troubles. A group of IRA were gathered in a hall in the Bogside in Derry. Someone came running in to say that there(...)

A file photograph from 2007 showing then Northern Ireland   First Minister Ian Paisley (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as ministers. Mr  McGuinness died on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Ireland came to know two Martin McGuinnesses. One was, for much of his life, a man of war and conflict, dedicated to fighting, as hard as he could, th(...)

Gerry Adams has had ample opportunity to end this corrosive fiction. There is now little hope that he will ever do so. He should withdraw gracefully and take Joe McGuigan with him. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One of the main political leaders in Ireland is Joe McGuigan. In March 1972, when Gerry Adams was arrested and interrogated at Palace barracks in Belf(...)

Dr Garret FitzGerald signs the Anglo-Irish Agreement with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Margaret Thatcher whom I first met as minister for foreign affairs in the spring of 1975, shortly after her election as leader of the Conservat(...)