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How the 31 August IRA cessation happened

The IRA cessation is 25 years old this week. August 1994 was an intense month. To be honest, neither Martin nor I really knew if we would succeed

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August 1969: Three Books and Video

The second week of August 50 years ago witnessed the most intensive and violent period of conflict in the North since the 1920s

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August 1969: When the “Troubles” began

Fifty years ago this week in the space of five days, the north of Ireland changed for ever. A look back by historian and commentator Dr Éamon Phoenix (abridged) (for the Irish News)

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August 1969. It all changed forever

August 69 was a turning point for the North and for many of us who lived here. The Civil Rights Association had been campaigning for an end to discrimination by the Unionist regime at Stormont

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Belfast. PSNI fear UVF reaction over bonfire intervention

Amid a standoff over an illegal bonfire in east Belfast, the PSNI police have told Belfast City Council that they fear the unionist paramilitary UVF could open fire if they attempt to remove bonfire material

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Taoiseach attends Gay Pride event on his first Belfast visit

Post Views: 6 The 26 County Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has made his first visit north of the border since becoming Fine Gael leader. It certainly wasn’t an unnoticed visit, as the Taoiseach first called for a “unique solution” to the status of

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The Challenges Ahead – Five for west Belfast

Next Thursday May 5th – the anniversary of the death on hunger strike of my friend and comrade Bobby Sands – there will an election to the Assembly

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See you on the Falls Road on Sunday – Easter 1916 Centenary

In 1966 Nelson’s Pillar was blown up in O’Connell Street in Dublin. It was a hugely symbolic and largely popular act

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Provisional IRA still exists, says British report 

The report endorses last month’s assessment by Police Service Northern Ireland chief George Hamilton in which he said individual members of the Provisional IRA were involved in the recent murder of Kevin McGuigan

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It’s about elections – stupid

This week 21 years ago the IRA announced its “complete cessation of military operations”. It was a momentous decision that came after many years of intense and difficult hard work

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