Last week’s meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, was a step towards ensuring the positivity that developed in the course of the peace process is not allowed to wilt. Above, Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan (left) and Tánaiste Simon Coveney after the meeting in London. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Relations between the Irish and British governments have become testy in the course of the Brexit negotiations. It is imperative that they are put bac(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey and President Mary Robinson greeted by Lieutenant General James Parker, Chief of Staff, on arrival outside the GPO in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus

The release of British Government files from the UK National Archives in Kew are often as of much interest to Irish historians as they are to British (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: An SDLP-Fianna Fáil merger has become like fusion power – a tiresomely familiar promise to solve all the world’s ills that never seems to get any closer. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP have left it too late for their merger. It is not as if they were short of time. Leading SDLP figures were discussing the id(...)

In a film shown in Belfast on Wednesday, Dolours Price said she regarded the killings of the Disappeared as a war crime.  File photograph: Pacemaker

A new film screened in Belfast for the first time on Wednesday night provides a chilling account of how one of the Disappeared Jean McConville was abd(...)

Charles Haughey speaking to a press conference at Leinster House after his election as Fianna Fáil leader.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The election of Charlie Haughey as leader of Fianna Fáil and taoiseach in 1979 prompted fears amongst British diplomats that they were in for a “rough(...)

Newly elected UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Girdwood barracks in Belfast, 1979

Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher complained at the height of the Troubles that the IRA saw the Republic as a safe haven and that the Garda w(...)

Boris Johnson reportedly said “f**k business” when asked  about business leaders’ Brexit fears. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

On September 20th, 1988, nine Irish students at the College of Europe took their places in Bruges town hall. We were waiting for Margaret Thatcher to (...)

The information was unintentionally given to loyalists who are being investigated by the PSNI’s paramilitary crime task force. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The PSNI is investigating a report that a police data breach has resulted in information on hundreds of private citizens ending up in the hands of loy(...)

PSNI officers chat with a  Garda on the Border   in  Belleek, Co Fermanagh, during Theresa May’s visit to the area. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Theresa May travelled to the most westerly point of the United Kingdom on Thursday as part of her two-day Northern Ireland visit designed to try to pr(...)

Firemen search through debris in the heart of Birmingham after bombings in two pubs in November 1974. Photograph: Press Association

The coroner in charge of inquests into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings will begin an appeal against a high court ruling on the scope of the hearings.(...)

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