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    1. November 19, 2014

      Sinn Féin forced to face up to questions about its past

      Whenever evidence of widespread sexual abuse of children by priests in the Irish Catholic Church surfaced over the past 15...

    2. May 26, 2014

      Sinn Féin emerges again as political force in Ireland

      By Vincent Boland in Dublin Almost a century after its delegates proclaimed the birth of Dáil Eireann, the Irish parliament,...

    1. May 22, 2014

      Northern Ireland police seek access to Boston tapes

      Police in Northern Ireland said on Thursday they had started procedures to gain access to an entire archive of paramilitary...

    2. May 8, 2014

      Pain of victims’ families poisons peace deal legacy

      The second paragraph of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement for Northern Ireland states: “The tragedies of the past have...

    3. May 5, 2014

      ‘Window’ open for progress in Northern Ireland talks

      The Irish and British governments want Northern Ireland’s political parties to reopen talks on dealing with the legacy of...

    4. May 5, 2014

      Gerry Adams arrest puts US college in Northern Ireland crosshairs

      A US university has found itself with a central role in the drama that has rocked Northern Ireland for the past few days:...

    5. May 4, 2014

      Questions about IRA links haunt Adams

      In a recent exchange in the Irish parliament, Gerry Adams was insisting once again that he was never a member of the...

    6. May 4, 2014

      The past still clouds Northern Ireland’s future

      The surprise arrest of Gerry Adams last week in connection with the 1972 murder of a widow and mother of 10 shocked many on...

    7. May 4, 2014

      Gerry Adams released without charge over McConville case

      Gerry Adams on Sunday night said “a sustained, malicious, untruthful and sinister campaign“ was behind attempts to link him...

    8. May 4, 2014

      Northern Ireland parties trade words over Gerry Adams arrest

      Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Féin, remained in police custody in Northern Ireland on Sunday, being questioned about a...

    9. May 2, 2014

      McConville case grants a voice to the missing

      For the past 15 years Northern Ireland has been dominated by the politicians and former paramilitary gunmen who clinched the...

    10. May 1, 2014

      Facing the past in Northern Ireland

      In 1998 the Good Friday agreement brought to an end Northern Ireland’s Troubles, which had taken about 3,500 lives over the...

    11. May 1, 2014

      Gerry Adams arrest throws Sinn Féin’s political ambitions into chaos

      On a December day in 1972, as Northern Ireland seethed in communal violence, 12 masked men and women, said to be a special...

    12. April 30, 2014

      Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams arrested over 1972 murder

      Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin, was arrested on Wednesday night by police in Northern Ireland investigating one of the...

    13. December 31, 2013

      Northern Ireland talks chaired by Richard Haass end in failure

      All-night talks to ease political tensions in Northern Ireland ended in failure on Tuesday morning as the five largest...

    14. December 7, 2012

      Clinton urges end to Belfast violence

      Two decades after her husband made forging peace in Northern Ireland a political priority in the US, Hillary Clinton on...

    15. November 21, 2012

      Israel should learn from Northern Ireland

      Israeli missiles continued to fall on Gaza; meanwhile, a bus was blown up in Tel Aviv. But by the end of Wednesday, a...

    16. October 19, 2012

      On the love trampoline

      Country Girl: A Memoir, by Edna O’Brien, Faber, RRP£20, 352 pages Towards the end of Edna O’Brien’s wonderful new memoir,...

    17. June 27, 2012

      Just one handshake in 500,000

      The Queen is estimated to have shaken hands with about 500,000 people during her 60 years on the throne. Yet few, if any, of...

    18. 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...

    19. June 19, 2012

      Making whiskey behind bars

      A loud bang echoes through Belfast’s notorious Crumlin Road jail as Peter Lavery slams shut a heavy cell door. “You have...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. May 8, 2012

      Sinn Féin joins Ireland’s austerity backlash

      Ireland’s republican leader is seeking to follow Greece and France to deliver a further blow against Europe’s austerity...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. November 18, 2011

      Irish angry over budget leak to Germany

      Irish political leaders expressed outrage on Friday that confidential details of Ireland’s next budget were given to the...

    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. 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...

    29. May 19, 2011

      Ireland is a sporting estate no more

      Mostly everyone in Ireland agrees that the Queen’s state visit here this week, the first by a British monarch in a century,...

    30. February 27, 2011

      Poll transforms Irish political landscape

      The election has transformed the Irish political landscape. Fianna Fáil, the dominant force in Irish politics since...

    31. February 23, 2011

      Downturn puts N Ireland peace under fire

      A large steel plate covers the spot where an IRA rocket embedded itself in the gable end of Dicky Magill’s grocery shop in...

    32. Westminster Blog

      February 22, 2011

      Interesting facts about Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

      It was back in the autumn of 2009 that I revealed a “fleeting” and “co-incidental” meeting between Lord Mandelson and Saif...

    33. February 6, 2011

      Sinn Féin set to capitalise on Irish discontent

      There has “never been a greater need for republican politics”, said Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin, as he set out his...

    34. December 1, 2010

      Tales from inside the bunker

      With his name appearing in the latest WikiLeaks dump, and with his book on the crisis due next week, Gordon Brown is back in...

    35. November 18, 2010

      Sinn Féin poised to benefit from Irish crisis

      The leftwing Sinn Féin party looks set to be one of the main beneficiaries of Ireland’s economic crisis, with an opinion...

    36. November 14, 2010

      Adams sets sights on Irish seat

      Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin president, is to seek election to the Irish parliament. He said on Sunday that he hoped to gain...

    37. June 16, 2010

      Politicos buckpass to bureaucrats

      With MPs still absorbing the details of the the Saville report into Bloody Sunday, it seems that our politicians are...

    38. June 16, 2010

      Politicos buckpass to bureaucrats

      With MPs still absorbing the details of the Saville report into Bloody Sunday, it seems that our politicians are planning to...

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