Seamus Mallon

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Former US president Bill Clinton stands next to Seamus Mallon along with former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and one time British prime minister Tony Blair in September 1998. Photograph: Paul/Faith/Pacemaker Press

I first met Seamus Mallon in the late ’70s in London, where he had come to lobby the Labour Party, at that time dependent for its House of Commons maj(...)

Former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon after he was forced out of office following David Trimble’s resignation, in Stormont, Belfast July 2nd, 2001. Northern Ireland disarmament authorities say the IRA have failed to disarm, which led to First Minister Trimble’s resignation. Photograph: Reuters/Paul McErlane

Extract from from Mallon’s maiden speech in the House of Commons in February 1986, just months after the Anglo-Irish Agreement: “We need something ne(...)

Seamus Mallon: His political opponents came to appreciate him as an honest, stubborn, conscientious Ulsterman, who dealt in straight talking. Photograph:   Paula Beats/ Reuters

On the bitterly cold evening of February 20th, 1986, Seamus Mallon made his maiden speech in the House of Commons as newly-elected MP for Newry and Ar(...)

John Hume (left) and  Seamus Mallon address the media at Stormont, November 29th, 1999. Photograph:  Ferran Paredes/Reuters

Seamus Mallon and John Hume were the two big beasts of the SDLP. While both men represented the heart and soul of the party, Mallon also was its guts (...)

Former SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former Stormont deputy first minister and SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon has died at the age of 83, the SDLP has announced. One of the most import(...)

Fergal Caraher (20) was killed when British soldiers opened fire at a checkpoint in Cullyhanna, Co Armagh, on December 30th, 1990.

The impact of the shooting dead by British troops of an IRA volunteer in 1990 on relations between the nationalist community and the security forces i(...)

A large crater caused by a bomb destroyed part of the main Belfast to Dublin railway line close to Newry on June 30, 2000. The bomb was thought to have been the work of the dissident republican terrorist group the Real IRA. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

An IRA bomb that exploded on the tracks of the Dublin to Belfast railway could have had “disastrous” consequences if a different train had been in ser(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

 Democratic Unionist Party  deputy leader Nigel Dodds, pictured with party leader Arlene Foster, has been embroiled in a  bitter and brutal battle with Sinn Féin’s John Finucane in North Antrim. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

People in Northern Ireland are pretty fired up for this Westminster contest and that is illustrated by the fact that there are more than 50,000 additi(...)

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson, Prof Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast and Cllr John Finucane at the launch of their paper on the role of the EU in Irish unity. Photograph:  Laura Davison/Pacemaker

A threat of violence must not be an argument against any future referendum on a united Ireland being decided by a simple majority vote, even if it is (...)

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