Seamus Mallon

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Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster shake hands at a rally for journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Can Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill ever be the Chuckle Sisters, repeating the Chuckle Brothers act of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, their pre(...)

Rev Bridget Spain lights a candle in honour of Lyra McKee at the Unitarian Church’s Good Friday service for the victims of the Troubles. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

For the last 19 years the Unitarian Church in St Stephen’s Green has had a Good Friday ceremony to name all those who died in the Troubles in Northern(...)

 Ian Paisley and  James Molyneaux in Derry: Molyneaux, a diffident and taciturn figure, was ultimately not able or not willing to hold a direct meeting with Haughey. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Taoiseach Charles Haughey made repeated efforts to set up a meeting with the unionist leader James Molyneaux during 1988 without success. The two mai(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varakdar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has staunchly defended his remarks that he is open to considering a review clause in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Mr Varad(...)

SDLP veteran Séamus Mallon:  helped President Michael D Higgins launch his “Shared Ireland, Shared Island” initiative at Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Séamus Mallon has blamed Brexit and a “limping British government” for the breakdown of relations betwee(...)

One suspects this creaky documentary on Pope John Paul II’s days in Ireland was timed to capitalise on the expected furore around Pope Francis’s recen(...)

Brexit secretary: Dominic Raab makes a speech on Thursday outlining London’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Pool/Getty

Trust us, the British government says, as Dublin and Brussels wearily ask why they should. The Irish Government and European Union negotiators, accust(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Sinn Féin has been criticised for attempting to block former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon being made a freeman of Drogheda on (...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

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