Another week, another milestone on Northern Ireland's rocky road to a lasting peace. Sinn Fein's decision to drop 86 years of opposition to the police force and British rule of law removed the final obstacle to the restoration of devolved government in Belfast.Saturday, 3 February, 2007, 12:00am
Asia's insurgent groups should follow the lead of the Irish Republican Army and lay down their weapons in favour of genuine dialogue. Like the Republican guerillas, all their struggles have achieved is bloodshed and misery.30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am
Leaders of the Irish republican movement have become accustomed to receiving a warm reception in Washington for St Patrick's Day, but this year will be different.16 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
The implosion of the Irish Republican Army has been so sudden and complete that it seems to defy explanation. For 30 years, the banned paramilitary group commanded the loyalty of a large part of Northern Ireland's Catholic population, and had significant support in the Republic of Ireland, as well.15 Mar 2005 - 12:00am
TO the IRA, disarmament has always been the equivalent of surrender. The world's best organised and chillingly disciplined terrorist group knows that without weapons and the fear they induce, it risks being sidelined. Indisputably, its campaign of terrorism has led to the deployment of thousands of British troops and armed police over the last 30 years.7 May 2000 - 12:00am
THE Irish Republican Army offered too little too late. And this weekend the troubled province of Northern Ireland is once again sailing through uncharted waters.13 Feb 2000 - 12:00am
Republican guerillas have begun to recruit new members as hopes for a breakthrough in talks on securing a permanent peace in Northern Ireland appear to be faltering.
Political leaders return to the province today after 2.5 days of negotiations with former US senator George Mitchell in London for a review of last year's Good Friday power-sharing agreement.21 Oct 1999 - 12:00am
The British and Irish prime ministers were flying back to Northern Ireland late last night to launch a final push to break the deadlock over IRA disarmament threatening last year's historic peace deal.1 Apr 1999 - 12:00am
The battle for peace may not be over even if the majority who vote in tomorrow's referendum are in favour of an agreement designed to establish a permanent armistice, experts have warned.
With just hours to go, polls suggested up to 25 per cent of the province's voters were still agonising over how to vote and many others were determined not to approve the plan.21 May 1998 - 12:00am
Even though Jim Sheridan turned his childhood home into a war zone when he went home to shoot his new film The Boxer, his former neighbours welcomed him with open arms: with one major exception.21 Mar 1998 - 12:00am