Aug 22, 2014

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he ...

May 11, 2014

Northern Ireland can't have peace and justice

by Clive Crook

The bleak truth is that the closest Northern Ireland will get to reconciling irreconcilable principles left over from the Troubles will be to combine a policy of no prosecutions with a tribunal to uncover the truth — along the lines of South Africa's post-apartheid ...

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

May 5, 2014

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

Major cracks are appearing in the deal that brought peace to Northern Ireland, and there appears to be no easy fix. Last Wednesday, police investigating an unsolved 1972 murder arrested Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams, whose Sinn Fein party was for decades the political ...

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges calm after release

May 5, 2014

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges calm after release

Northern Ireland police released Gerry Adams from custody Sunday and the Sinn Fein leader sought to calm fears that his four-day detention could destabilize the British province by pledging his support to the peace process. Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over the 1972 murder ...

Man who burned White House in 1814 feted

Oct 25, 2013

Man who burned White House in 1814 feted

by Steve Vogel

Francis de Courcy Hamilton looked askance at the informational sign near the base of the Robert Ross monument, a 30-meter granite obelisk on a hill overlooking the majestic waters of Carlingford Lough. ” ‘Gen. Ross is reputed to have burned down the White House,’ ...

Jan 8, 2013

North Ireland violence follows talks

Violence flared for the fourth night running in Northern Ireland on Sunday, hours after politicians and church leaders held talks in a bid to quell a row over the flying of the British flag. After three nights of rioting and attacks on police, Northern ...