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  1. February 27, 2014

    Murky deals that led Northern Ireland to brink of fresh crisis

    The events that led Northern Ireland to the brink of a constitutional crisis this week began more than 10 years ago, behind...

  2. February 26, 2014

    Robinson’s resignation threat endangers beleaguered peace

    Peter Robinson’s threat on Wednesday to resign as first minister of Northern Ireland following the collapse of the Hyde Park...

  1. February 6, 2014

    Independence for Scotland could destabilise Northern Ireland

    Independence for Scotland could destabilise Northern Ireland if Sinn Féin use it to canvass for a vote on Irish...

  2. February 5, 2014

    A broken union would unsettle Northern Ireland

    In his poem, “Easter, 1916”, WB Yeats wrote that in Ireland everything was “changed, changed utterly” by the Easter rising...

  3. December 27, 2013

    Archives reveal Thatcher saw Ireland as ‘unfriendly’ over Falklands

    Margaret Thatcher threatened to scrap a planned trip to Ireland over fears that the country would back UN calls for a...

  4. August 10, 2013

    Police injured as rioting breaks out in central Belfast

    Fifty six police officers were injured when serious loyalist rioting engulfed Belfast city centre in violence linked to a...

  5. September 3, 2012

    Irish coalition split over big health cuts

    A dispute between coalition partners over health service cuts has intensified concerns about the Irish government’s...

  6. June 25, 2012

    Queen’s visit shows progress in N Ireland

    Rioting, arson attacks and Republicans brandishing banners with “Queen of Death” greeted the Queen when she visited Northern...

  7. June 22, 2012

    Former IRA commander agrees to meet Queen

    Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander who is now deputy first minister in Northern Ireland, has accepted an invitation...

  8. June 11, 2012

    McGuinness to resign Commons seat

    Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander who is now deputy first minister in Northern Ireland, is resigning his seat at...

  9. June 1, 2012

    Ireland backs EU fiscal pact

    Ireland has backed the European fiscal treaty in a referendum that should help to build investor confidence in the country’s...

  10. May 31, 2012

    Irish voters left with bitter taste

    After a bitterly fought referendum on the fiscal compact intended to help stabilise the eurozone, Irish voters looked on...

  11. May 30, 2012

    Ireland votes on EU fiscal treaty

    Ireland began voting on Thursday in a referendum on the EU’s new fiscal treaty which could have critical consequences for...

  12. May 29, 2012

    Irish debate emigrant votes as poll nears

    The ladies of Fulham Irish Gaelic football club are in a good mood as they wind down after a warm summer evening training on...

  13. May 5, 2012

    ‘Red Ken’ fights last campaign

    Ken Livingstone’s defeat in his bid for a historic third term as London mayor will be the final chapter in a political...

  14. April 29, 2012

    Dublin loses momentum on Yes vote

    Dublin’s campaign to ratify the eurozone fiscal discipline pact is failing to build momentum against a backdrop of weakening...

  15. April 25, 2012

    Ireland sees support for fiscal treaty wane

    With six weeks to go before Ireland votes on the European fiscal treaty there are signs the government’s campaign for a Yes...

  16. March 2, 2012

    Dublin begins difficult task of persuasion

    A day after Enda Kenny, Ireland’s prime minister, called a referendum on the fiscal compact 1,000 protesters descended on...

  17. February 29, 2012

    Irish minister pushes to cut bail-out cost

    The European Union should cut the cost of Ireland’s banking bail-out to help it pass the eurozone fiscal pact in a...

  18. February 29, 2012

    Concessions will secure win in Irish vote

    When Greece announced plans last autumn for a referendum on the austere reforms its eurozone partners demand as the price...

  19. FT Alphaville

    February 28, 2012

    The people and austerity

    *IRELAND TO HOLD VOTE ON EU FISCAL COMPACT, KENNY SAYS Market seems not to like this… though wasn’t referendum or...

  20. February 26, 2012

    Former Irish PM warns against referendum

    Ireland’s economic recovery would be put at risk if it holds a referendum on the eurozone fiscal treaty, according to John...

  21. January 29, 2012

    Irish want referendum on fiscal treaty

    The Irish government faces intense pressure to hold a referendum on the eurozone fiscal treaty after a poll that showed...

  22. January 27, 2012

    Political stability helps drive Irish recovery

    There was anger in Ireland this week as the government agreed to pay back €1.25bn to bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank, which...

  23. January 19, 2012

    Irish legal threat hangs over EU fiscal treaty

    The Irish government is likely to face a court challenge if it decides to dispense with a referendum on a new European...

  24. November 9, 2011

    N Ireland cross-border road plan scrapped

    A flagship cross-border road project in Northern Ireland is being scrapped after a decision by the Irish government to...

  25. October 30, 2011

    Eta ends its war but nationalism lives on

    Eta, the Basque separatist force that once struck fear into the hearts of Spaniards with bombs and bullets and occasionally...

  26. October 28, 2011

    Higgins wins Irish presidency

    A leftwing poet and human rights campaigner has become Ireland’s next president. Michael D. Higgins, Labour party president,...

  27. October 20, 2011

    Basque militants lay down weapons

    The militant Basque separatist group Eta has announced the “definitive cessation of its military activity” after more than...

  28. October 14, 2011

    McGuinness battles to escape IRA past

    Georgina got up early Friday morning to meet Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander turned peacemaker, who is aiming to...

  29. September 28, 2011

    Gay rights senator to run for Irish presidency

    A gay rights campaigner and a former winner of the Eurovision song contest have secured last minute nominations to run in...

  30. September 18, 2011

    McGuinness named Ireland presidential candidate

    Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander turned deputy first minister in Northern Ireland, has been formally named as...

  31. September 16, 2011

    McGuinness to enter race for Irish presidency

    Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander turned deputy first minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, is set to become...

  32. September 15, 2011

    Ulster’s tradition of self help under threat

    Communities providing themselves public services where once government did the job is nothing new in republican west...

  33. July 13, 2011

    Second night of riots in Belfast

    The annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Northern Ireland ended in a barrage of petrol bombs and plastic bullets on...

  34. May 29, 2011

    Veiled talk of American imperialism

    A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, by Leila Ahmed, Yale, RRP£18.99, $30 The...

  35. May 17, 2011

    Queen in Ireland

    In almost 60 years on the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II has made nigh on 300 foreign royal visits. Yet when she landed...

  36. May 8, 2011

    Talks begin to form N Ireland assembly

    Negotiations to form a new Northern Ireland government are poised to get under way on Monday in advance of the meeting of...

  37. May 7, 2011

    DUP and Sinn Féin on track to share power again

    The Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin look on track to remain in charge of Northern Ireland’s multi-party coalition with...

  38. May 2, 2011

    N Ireland poll points to divided loyalties

    Mary Moran, an office manager from Enniskillen, tries to explain to an outsider how she intends to vote in Thursday’s...

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