Amnesty has gained traction among a number of Westminster backbenchers, who claim recent prosecutions of former British soldiers are tantamount to a “witch-hunt”. Photograph: Frank Miller

British prime minister Theresa May has said the system for investigating soldiers and police in Northern Ireland is “patently unfair”. She claimed so(...)

Sinn Féin handout of candidate Órfhlaith Begley arriving at a polling station in the Co Tyrone village of Carrickmore to cast her vote in the West Tyrone byelection. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm following an incident at a byelection polling station in Greencastle, Co Tyrone. The 59-(...)

Three Eta militants: now disbanded group complains the nearly 250 of its members in Spanish prisons are deliberately kept in jails far from their families.  Photograph: AFP/Gara.net

Basque terrorist group Eta has issued a letter announcing its disbandment, six decades after it formed and eight years after claiming its last victim.(...)

Adrian Crevan Mackin who shot dead Garda Tony Golden and his former partner, Siobhán Phillips in 2015.

Dissident republican Crevan Mackin was taking a cocktail of medicines – including drugs for weight loss, severe depression and obsessive compulsive di(...)

Garda Tony Golden who was shot dead in Omeath, Co Louth, 2015.

Conor Lally The jury at the inquest into the death of Garda Tony Golden has returned a verdict of unlawful killing, adding Garda Golden died of multi(...)

Joe Lynskey was a former Cistercian monk from the Beechmount area of west Belfast. Photograph: WAVE Trauma Centre/PA Wire

A search for a former monk abducted and killed by the IRA more than 40 years ago has ended without success. Specialists from the Independent Commiss(...)

Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films

When Friedrich Engels penned his Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, examining the wretched conditions of England’s working class slumd(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

Albert Cashier: born Jennie Hodgers in Co Louth

In the small town of Saunemin, Illinois, US and Irish flags fly side by side, marking the home of Albert DJ Cashier, a veteran of the American civil w(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

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