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,(...)

Border Communities against Brexit signage on the outskirts of Newry, Co Down. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement will shortly celebrate 20 years in existence. Many observers, however, are beginning to question if it will survive (...)

Heather Lodge, Kerrymount Avenue, Foxrock, Co Dublin

Heather Lodge is Edwardian in style and sits on a half-acre site of well cared-for gardens. It was the long-time home of the late High Court judge Mr (...)

In her Easter oration, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald “delivered boilerplate full of the usual platitudes on welcoming unionists into a united Ireland”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Sinn Féin’s annual Easter message has become a curiously well-mannered ritual. Large parts of it are generally about unionists and those parts are off(...)

Patrick Kielty: “Where there’s peace,” he says, “there’ll always be a wee bit of hope.”  Photograph: BBC

At a certain point during My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), a personal, fascinating and rather comprehensive investigation into(...)

Bloody Sunday witness Paddy Walsh creeping towards Patrick Doherty, who was shot dead by Soldier F. The Saville Report found Doherty had been shot and mortally wounded as he tried to crawl to safety. Photograph: Gilles Peress

The North’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has said it hopes to decide whether to prosecute former soldiers in connection with Bloody Sunday before (...)

 Leader of Northern Ireland’s Progressive Unionist Party, Billy Hutchinson. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Hutchinson, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), says politics isn’t about changing the world but about making a difference. This is (...)

Youths attack PSNI vehicles as they try to prevent members of Derry 1916  Commemoration Committee from taking part in an unregistered parade in the the Creggan area of Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Petrol bombs have been thrown at police during an illegal dissident republican Easter parade in Derry. Up to 50 youths, some wearing masks, repeatedl(...)

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