Seamus Mallon

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Former US ambassador Dan Rooney, pictured outside the American Embassy in Dublin in 2011. Several hundred people attended a Mass on Tuesday to remember Mr Rooney, who died aged 84 on April 13th.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Dan Rooney lived a life of engagement and commitment to the things he loved and believed in, a memorial service for the late US ambassador to Ireland(...)

Top three: The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland awarded Brian O’Driscoll, Garry Hynes  and Séamus Mallon honorary fellowships. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) awarded Brian O’Driscoll, Séamus Mallon and Garry Hynes honorary fellowships on Saturday. The hono(...)

Former SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, who lost his seat after last week’s election, at the Titanic exhibition count centre in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There was no disguising the sadness in Seamus Mallon’s voice. “I am very, very disappointed and very sorry for good MPs who have lost their jobs,” he (...)

Fr Alec Reid, who died in 2013, went to see Gerry Adams in 1986 and asked: ‘what can you do to stop the IRA?’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The late Fr Alec Reid, who was pivotal to the beginnings of the Northern Ireland peace process, recalled how it all began following a conversation wit(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at the funeral of  Martin McGuinness in Derry. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The traditional parties of government in the Republic had better brace themselves, because Sinn Féin is coming after them in earnest, buoyed up by its(...)

The statue of Edward Carson at  Stormont. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Northern Ireland Assembly. The Assembly was included in the terms of the Belfast Agreement, with the first election held on June 25th, 1998. It i(...)

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy: he was formerly the MP for the constituency, having taken over from Seamus Mallon, but has returned to the Assembly

The rule of thumb for these Assembly elections is that a party with three seats in any constituency is going to lose one unless there are exceptional (...)

Parkview at the Castleknock gate to the Phoenix Park is a small scheme of standard detached homes built in the early 1970s. What sets number 24 apart (...)

  Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation at his office in Stormont Castle on Monday. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

A last-ditch round of meetings will take place in Belfast on Thursday between Northern Ireland’s political parties, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charl(...)

Seamus Mallon: “‘Cash for ash’ scheme just tip of an iceberg which has been in many ways rotten to the core.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An independent judicial inquiry into the “corruption” in the Northern Ireland Executive might serve to move the current political crisis along, former(...)

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