David McKittrick

Belfast-born David McKittrick has been reporting on Northern Ireland since 1971, He has written for the East Antrim Times, the Irish Times and was The Independent's Irish correspondent for many years. He is the author of several books including Making Sense of the Troubles (2000) and Lost Lives (1999).

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Gerry Conlon (pictured in 2005) died of cancer but had struggled since his release from jail

Gerry Conlon: One of the ‘Guildford Four’ who was wrongly convicted of an IRA bombing and spent 15 years in prison

Gerry Conlon was one of a number of Irish men and women who, in the midst of an IRA bombing campaign in Britain, became victims of what was described as some of the most serious miscarriages of justice in the British legal system. The Belfast man was one of the Guildford Four who, after being wrongly convicted of IRA murders, spent more than a dozen years behind bars. Only after lengthy campaigns were they cleared, released, and given a prime ministerial apology.

Mother-and-baby homes runs by nuns, such as this former institution in Tipperary, are under suspicion

Ireland mass graves: Unearthing one of the darkest chapters in Irish history

The "Irish Holocaust" saw hundreds of babies left to die – and the practice may have been more common than first thought

The Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams with the party’s candidate Matt Carthy in County Louth

Election results 2014: Sinn Fein profits as voters reject austerity policies

In elections in Dublin voters delivered what the Irish Prime Minister described as a wallop to his austerity-minded government, punishing his coalition and providing a breakthrough for Sinn Fein and other anti-establishment groupings.

Gerry Adams (centre) in peace talks with Martin McGuinness (right) and the SDLP leader John Hume in 1999

Gerry Adams arrest: Is it possible to have justice and peace?

The ethical dilemma raised by the arrest of Gerry Adams for a crime that took place in 1972

Michael McConville, the son of Jean McConville who was murdered by the IRA, speaks to the media at the Wave Trauma centre in Belfast

Jean McConville murder: The Protestant-turned-Catholic mother of 10 executed by the IRA – but not found for 31 years

It was not until 1998 that the IRA said they accepted full responsibility, promising to do all in their power to alleviate the 'incalculable pain and anguish' inflicted

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, part of his stance was a refusal not to condemn or disavow the IRA
Gerry Adams, President of the Sinn Fein

Banker who became hate figure after Irish crash cleared of fraud

Former head of Anglo-Irish acquitted of giving illegal loans to bolster share price
The Queen meeting McGuinness during her visit to Belfast in 2012

What Martin McGuinness’s Windsor Castle date tells us about the Irish peace process

Former IRA commander is guest at event during Irish President Michael D Higgins’s state visit

Dr Edward Haughey: Businessman who came from ‘bandit country’ to amass a fortune with his pharmaceutical company

‘He was an absolute dynamo, a phenomenon, he couldn’t stop – that’s the sort of guy he was’

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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