British soldiers help the injured at the Thiepval British Army Headquarters, Lisburn, following two bomb explosions in 1996. Photograph: Reuters

Jennifer McNern was 21 when she went with her sister, Rosaleen into Belfast for an afternoon’s shopping in March 1972, finishing with coffee in the Ab(...)

 Fr Alec Reid photographed in 2006. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The US has paid official tribute to late peacemaker priest Fr Alec Reid. The Redemptorist cleric, who set up talks between Sinn Féin president Gerry A(...)

Fr Alec Reid: politicians credit him with utter trustworthiness and a persistence that kept the fragile peace process going.  Photograph: EPA

Alexander (Alec) Reid was born in 1931 in Dublin and raised in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, from where his mother hailed. He was professed a Redemptorist in (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:  said the programme shone a light on one aspect of “Britain’s dirty war” in Ireland.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The British ministry of defence is to investigate claims that a British army plainclothes undercover unit under the command of an army brigadier opera(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: referred to the possibility that incontrovertible DNA evidence of the involvement of a person or persons in a killing on either side could surface. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it would be difficult for families on either side of “a dark time in Northern Ireland” to follow the advice of the North(...)

Enda Kenny: said the suggestion would be hard for families who had lost loved ones in the Troubles to accept

The proposal by the North’s Attorney General John Larkin for a cessation of all inquiries into Troubles-related killings up to the 1998 Belfast Agreem(...)

The Dublin-listed bookmaker yesterday warned that a string of punter-friendly racing and football results would leave operating profit for the year around €11 million lower than it forecast

Paddy Power is facing increased competition in its UK online business as smaller rivals attempt to carve out a larger slice of the market ahead of tax(...)

The Waterford pensions case will return to the High Court to consider if compensation is due to the workers in question

In March 2010, 10 representative members of the Waterford Crystal pension scheme brought a case against the Irish State for failing to protect the pen(...)

Greenpeace activists throw coal in the air during a protest in front of the Polish Economy Ministry headquarters building against the World Coal Summit and the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Most of the world’s coal reserves “will have to stay in the ground” and further investment in mines and coal-fired power stations could go ahead on(...)

The removal of a permanent vehicle barrier from the Border between Strabane, Co Tyrone and Lifford, Co Donegal in 1998. But could the Border disappear completely?

Thirty-eight years ago Seamus Heaney wrote the poem Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. It described “The famous Northern reticence, the tight gag of place(...)

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