Tag: Northern Ireland
McGuinness: IRA leader turned peacemaker
It was an extraordinary personal journey. Martin McGuinness went from being a militant IRA commander to a “courageous” peacemaker. Now he has died aged 66. How should he be remembered?
Prince and Irish rebel set old enmity aside
A brief meeting between Prince Charles and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been seen as historic. Does it add to the chances of a lasting reconciliation in Northern Ireland?
Scandal of 1970s terrorist murders uncovered
Shock revelations that a secret British army unit was eliminating terrorists in Northern Ireland in the 1970s have revived debate about whether the Troubles can be consigned to history.
Loss of ‘bouncy’ Irish genius haunts Poetry Day
As Britain holds its biggest public festival of verse, the literary world is mourning one of the most beloved poets of recent times. Was Seamus Heaney right to believe in poetry’s power?
Flag wars rage in Belfast as Union colours fly
For over a month, rioters have terrorised the Northern Irish capital, ominously recalling the country’s troubled past. The cause of all this commotion? A simple flag.
Relief and outrage at Queen’s handshake with rebel
Martin McGuinness was once a commander in the militant organisation that killed thousand of British citizens. Today, in a historic gesture, Queen Elizabeth II will publicly shake his hand.
Belfast erupts in worst violence for a decade
Mobs in Northern Ireland this week have been attacking police and each other with guns, rocks and petrol bombs. It's a return to a sort of violence which many hoped had been laid to rest.