David Ervine

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William ‘Plum’ Smith died in hospital after a short illnes. Photograph: Robin Kirk/Flickr

A former leading loyalist paramilitary who played a key role in the peace process has died. William “Plum” Smith died in hospital after a short illne(...)

Paul Maskey of Sinn Féin (left), who has been elected in Belfast West,  congratulates fellow party member Gerry Kelly (right) on being elected as MLA for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Belfast North count is complete in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections. It is a similar result as in 2011 - two seats to Sinn Féin, three to (...)

 Carrie Twomey and her husband Anthony McIntyre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The British government has lodged a subpoena with Boston College seeking access to taped interviews given by former IRA prisoner Dr Anthony McIntyre, (...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast North – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

There is a fascinating inter-unionist contest in the constituency, where a reverend doctor – who, for the moment, has abandoned the sacred world of re(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Belfast East – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

This Assembly election, barring calamity, will see the return to frontline politics of Alliance’s Naomi Long. It may even pave the way for her, eventu(...)

An  Ulster Covenant centenary parade at Stormont in 2012: “A recurring problem for alternative voices within the Protestant community is that the very act of constructing a positive and generous worldview creates a break with the community, ” writes Robbie McVeigh. Photograph: Eric Luke

“The problem I had with this book was….” These were the words with which the late David Ervine, then leader of the Progressive Unionist Party began h(...)

Linda Ervine, who was responsible for bringing the Irish language in to loyalist east Belfast: “As long as it’s used as a weapon, the language has no future. But as a bridge it has a bright future.” Photograph: Arthur Allison

The most impressive politician I met in 2015 was Julie-Anne Corr Johnston, a 28-year-old member of Belfast City Council, representing the small left-(...)

Strange journey: Linda Ervine at her office. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

There’s a community garden outside East Belfast Mission, and its little signs are in three languages: English, Polish and . . . Irish. This is a bit o(...)

 Facilitators (from left): William Devas, Jacinta de Paor, Eamon Rafter, Barbara Walshe, Phil Killeen, Geoffrey Corry and Ian White at Glencree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In peace processes there are always the high-profile people – politicians and former military or paramilitary leaders – who make the headlines and gar(...)

The East Derry DUP MP and Assembly member Gregory Campbell was today denied speaking rights in the Assembly chamber after making mocking remarks about the Irish language. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The East Derry DUP MP and Assembly member Gregory Campbell was today denied speaking rights in the Assembly chamber after making mocking remarks about(...)

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