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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. May 7, 2010

    DUP leader Robinson loses seat

    Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s first minister and leader of the hardline Democratic Unionists , has dramatically lost...

  26. January 29, 2010

    N Ireland parties unlikely to reach deal

    The British government’s deadline for the Northern Ireland talks looked set to pass without agreement on Friday as parties...

  27. January 25, 2010

    Brown to meet Cowen on power-sharing

    Gordon Brown, prime minister, will meet his Irish counterpart, Brian Cowen, today in a bid to break the deadlock in Northern...

  28. January 24, 2010

    Brown to meet Cowen on power-sharing

    Gordon Brown, prime minister, will meet his Irish counterpart, Brian Cowen, on Monday in a bid to break the deadlock in...

  29. January 23, 2010

    Sinn Féin poised to decide on Stormont pull-out

    Sinn Féin is set to decide this weekend whether to withdraw its ministers from Northern Ireland's power-sharing government...

  30. January 22, 2010

    Sinn Féin to decide on Stormont pull-out

    Sinn Féin is set to decide this weekend whether to withdraw its ministers from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government...

  31. January 15, 2010

    DUP presses Adams over wanted brother

    Gordon Brown, the prime minister, and Brian Cowen, his Irish counterpart, yesterday urged Northern Ireland parties to agree...

  32. January 14, 2010

    DUP presses Adams over wanted brother

    Brian Cowen and Gordon Brown, at Downing Street on Thursday, made a plea on policing Gordon Brown, the prime minister, and...

  33. January 12, 2010

    Scandal threatens Northern Ireland's fragile alliance

    A scandal involving sex and money is unsettling Northern Ireland's normally staid Protestant community, threatening a...

  34. January 11, 2010

    Scandal threatens N Ireland alliance

    Peter Robinson, who has stepped down as first minister for six weeks, arrives at parliament in Stormont A scandal involving...

  35. March 28, 2009

    Republican charged with soldiers’ murders

    A well-known Northern Ireland republican was on Friday charged with the murders of two British soldiers shot dead outside...

  36. March 28, 2009

    Republican charged with soldiers' murders

    A well-known Northern Ireland republican was yesterday charged with the murders of two British soldiers shot dead outside...

  37. March 13, 2009

    McGuinness and Adams must snuff out burning embers

    Comfort and good news have been plentiful from Northern Ireland this past week – good, that is, once the shock of the...

  38. March 10, 2009

    Shootings aim to embarrass Sinn Féin

    “The time for the gunman is over,” says Kieran Corr, an independent councillor in Craigavon, County Armagh. “It was over 12...

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