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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Irish abortion law clarified for pregnancies that threaten mothers' lives following death of pregnant Indian woman

Outrage at death of pregnant woman in Galway hospital forces a government rethink

Pat Finucane's IRA and other republican clients made him deeply unpopular in police and military circles

Pat Finucane, one of Belfast's most prominent solicitors, was regarded by the security authorities as a thorn in their flesh due to his activities in representing IRA and other republican clients.

'My heart is breaking for Northern Ireland': MP makes emotional plea for peace as police warn they are 'stretched to the limit'

Development follows attempt on the life of a policewoman in Belfast

Belfast city centre: Loyalists protest at lowering Union Flag yesterday

Thirty officers injured by loyalists in Belfast Union Flag protests

Police in Northern Ireland were last night at full stretch as sporadic loyalist protests over flag-flying broke out in many areas in and around Belfast.

Loyalists in Glengormley protest against the Union Flag being removed from Belfast city hall

Unflagging hatred: the new symbol of violence in Belfast

David McKittrick reports on a community that feels it is losing control and status

Hillary Clinton is visiting Stormont

Hillary Clinton condemns recent Norther Ireland violence on the same day police discover bombs in Londonderry and County Down

Continuing tensions in Belfast cast a shadow over a visit to the city by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who condemned recent violence by loyalists complaining of restrictions on the flying of the union jack.

Removal of flag 'provoked' loyalists

Recrimination raged in Belfast after 18 people, including 15 police officers, were injured in riots sparked by a dispute over flag-flying. Peter Robinson, the First Minister, described the removal of the Union Flag from Belfast City Hall as "provocative".

Doctor Maria Santos Gorrostieta: Politician murdered for her fight against drug cartels

Maria Santos Gorrostieta, the Mexican figure who has just suffered a brutal death, was described as a heroine of the 21st century because of her fearless political stand against the drug cartels ravaging her country. It was the third attempt on the life of the 36-year-old medical graduate by those involved in the illegal industry which generates billions of dollars and in recent years has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Gorrostieta, the former mayor of the remote town of Tiquicheo, continued to speak out against the drug gangs, undeterred even by an attack which killed her first husband and left her badly scarred and in constant pain.

Vigils were held for Savita Halappanavar who died in Galway from blood poisoning after a miscarriage at 17 weeks

Irish demand reform to abortion law

Anger grows after dying woman's pleas for a termination ignored

Protestors hold pictures of Indian Savita Halappanavar, who was allegedly refused a pregnancy termination after doctors told her it was a Catholic country, as they gather outside Leinster House

Doctors and protesters join growing clamour for a change in the abortion law

Irish abortion laws have become “like a sword of Damocles” hanging over doctors because there are grey areas where they were left at risk of committing a criminal offence, according to the leading consultant obstetrician Dr Peter Boylan.

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