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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Fripp returns to Sagan and Stalag Luft III in 2009 to mark the 65th anniversary of the 'Great Escape'

Squadron-leader Alfie Fripp: Britain's longest-surviving and oldest prisoner of war

The life of Alfie Fripp, who has died at the age of 98, is an example of the unpredictability of the fortunes of war, for he spent almost the entirety of the Second World War as a prisoner in the hands of the Germans. As the oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war, he was the last of the "39ers", who were captured in 1939 and spent long, dreary years behind Nazi barbed wire. When asked how many attacks he had completed in Blenheim bombers, he would reply wryly, "Half a mission," for his plane crash-landed in Germany in the second month of the war.

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Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the flag

Loyalist protesters confront riot police at Belfast City Hall,

Teenage rioters are driven by the ‘excitement of disorder’

A Belfast GP believes many youths rioting over the Union Flag are not interested in politics

These Belfast riots aren't over the flag - but the creation of a fairer society

Both sides must now be wincing as they imagine the impact on tourism, investment of TV pictures showing petrol bombs raining down on police lines.

Police gather for the trial of loyalist gang members in Belfast in 2011

Surge in Belfast violence blamed on resurgent UVF

Police in Northern Ireland have blamed the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for an escalation in loyalist street violence following a lull over Christmas.

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.

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