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British Labour party leader Keir Starmer hangs a message on the Tree to Remember Jean McConville at the Wave Trauma Centre in Belfast watched by victims of The Troubles. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

British Labour leader Keir Starmer has ruled out the prospect of a united Ireland in the foreseeable future, saying that such an eventuality is “not i(...)

Historian Michael Laffan (left) with Michael Portillo  at  Kings Hall Belfast. Partition 1921 is to be broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm on Monday, June 14th.

Nobody tunes into one of Michael Portillo’s Irish documentaries expecting to be bowled over by the sensational reporting. As with his films about the (...)

The then taoiseach, Leo Varadkar,  with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire in October 2019, ahead of private talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Photograph: PA Wire

The treaty shaped Irish politics for a century. While the Civil War concluded in 1923, Civil War politics really only ended last year when Fine Gael (...)

 Eamon de Valera: I suspect that by remaining in Dublin, de Valera believed he could be brought into the talks at the 11th hour to insist on further concessions, but this was a high-risk and ultimately doomed strategy.  Photograph:  Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

Éamon de Valera, as leader of Fianna Fáil, was fond of using the phrase “the evil of partition” in his speeches. I, myself, was reared in a household (...)

A former customs guard hut is illuminated on the Irish Border  in Ravensdale, Ireland. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

The Irish Border is the defining feature of Ireland’s modern political geography. Established in law in the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, it was int(...)

New Ireland: Jimmy Nesbitt, Fergal Keane, Síona Cahill (top row), Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Adrian Dunbar and Hazel Chu

Politicians, civic leaders and public figures imagine the Ireland they would like to see in the next 100 years The year 2021 is the centena(...)

Edwin Poots, tipped to succeed Arlene Foster as DUP leader, speaks to the media in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, in 2017. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Anniversaries tell us far more about the present than the past. So it has already proven in the North, where the controversy over how to mark 10(...)

 Edward Carson’s statue in the grounds of Stormont in Belfast. Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

There are two ways of thinking about the partition of Ireland 100 years ago. One is as a realist drama – the working out of the inevitable consequence(...)

The treaty makers, December 6th, 1921:  Including Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton; standing, Gavan Duffy. Photograph:  The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty

This is the first of a series of articles The Irish Times will publish in the coming weeks, to mark the centenary of partition in May 2021 Partition (...)