Fifteen years on and the sight of Northern Irish politicians walking up to the door of 10 Downing Street – once a staple for television bulleti(...)

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiling after being sworn in as Ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, in May  2007.  Photograph:  Paul Faith

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness emerged dissatisfied from Downing Street following his most recent visit. He described the meeting he and Peter R(...)

Then taoiseach Garret FitzGerald shakes hands with Margaret Thatcher after signing the Anglo Irish Agreement.

Margaret Thatcher had a huge influence on Ireland during her 11 years as British prime minister. She was loathed by republicans, disliked by na(...)

She did it her way
  • UK
  • April 9, 2013, 07:22

The Iron Lady, a title bestowed on her by the Russians and which she saw as a badge of honour, has died. For 11 years as the UK’s first woman (...)

Hunger strike demo on the Falls Road, Belfast, 1981. Photograph; Pacemaker

The Northern Assembly set aside 30 minutes to allow politicians pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher yesterday evening. It wasn’t all tributes, of (...)

Margaret Thatcher waves from the front door of her home after returning from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following an operation on her broken arm on June 29, 2009 in London, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, perhaps the most distinctive and divisive British politician since the second(...)

A portrait left by mourners is seen outside the home of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher after her death was announced in London. Photograph: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first woman prime minister and the first party leader to win three general elections in a row. For 15 years she(...)

Author Julia O'Faolain’s latest book, Trespassers, is an exuberant memoir of the great and the good in Irish political and cultural life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Julia O’Faolain looks a little bit lost, somehow. She has come from London to Dublin to publicise her newly-published memoir, Trespassers . It is a(...)

 The former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, on whom the Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon, was conferred by the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Yoshifumi Ito, on behalf of the Emperor of Japan at a ceremony in the ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Mrs Joan FitzGerald and Mrs Sumie Ito look on. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Turning Japanese – was Garret turning Japanese? I really think so . . . ” If you don’t remember the dreadful 1980s pop song by The Vapours who(...)

Obituary: Enda Marren
  • People
  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

Born: December 10th, 1934 Died: March 8th, 2013 When Garret FitzGerald set out to revitalise and modernise Fine Gael after succeed(...)

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