Seamus Mallon

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Maureen Rafferty, whose son   Philip was abducted by a UFF gang in January 1973 as he made his way to band practice. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The horror and pointlessness of the violence which disfigured Northern Ireland for so long is captured vividly in a new book, Children of the Troubles(...)

Bandsmen march during the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It can be debated whether it is helpful to be talking now about a future united Ireland. However, when such a central figure in Ulster unionism as Pe(...)

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell. Photograph: Getty Images

I remember coming home from primary school after a lesson on Daniel O’Connell and his monster political meetings. We were told that when the British a(...)

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fifty years ago Northern Ireland was facing into an uncertain future with no notion of the horror ahead. Today there is no doubt the North is facing i(...)

Seamus Mallon suggests a united Ireland could be achieved on a “parallel consent” principle with consent from parties representing both traditions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last weekend former deputy SDLP leader Seamus Mallon made an important intervention in the debate about whether and how a united Ireland could be achi(...)

 Seamus Mallon in 1984 holding up a picture taken of the bugging equipment found in the house in Dublin where he stayed occasionally. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Reading Seamus Mallon’s new memoir, A Shared Home Place, has transported me back to my short but educational career as a hitchhiker during the mid-198(...)

This weekend’s Eason book offer when you purchase a copy of The Irish Times is €7 off the cover price of Last Stories by William Trevor, now just €4.9(...)

Seamus Mallon in 1998, when he was deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon was at the heart of the Social Democratic and Labour Party for three d(...)

Seamus Mallon: In the event of unity a separate Northern government may have to be maintained in an Irish confederation to take account of unionist concerns.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Seamus Mallon has warned about a “narrow vote” for Irish unity, cautioning against a premature Border(...)

Seamus Mallon ‘My concern is that a very narrow vote for unity would led to more division, instability and probably violence’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The politicians are talking again in Northern Ireland. We should be thankful for that. However they need to be talking about deeper issues than the Ir(...)

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