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 tycoon 'had gun held to his head during eight-month captivity'

The brother of a businessman found wandering dishevelled in rural Ireland after an eight-month absence has said a gun was held to his head and his life threatened several times while he was held captive.

Former workhouse residents Marina Gumbold, left, and Mary Smyth speak of their ordeals at a press conference in Dublin yesterday

Ireland issues apology to the 'fallen women' it sent to Catholic workhouses

A harrowing picture of humiliation and exploitation suffered by Irishwomen and girls in workhouses known as the Magdalene laundries has been laid out in an official report which characterised them as “lonely and frightening places.”

Siobhan O’Callaghan and Kevin McGeever in happier times

Missing Irish tycoon found barefoot and starving with insult carved on forehead

Kidnappings for ransom are not unusual in Ireland and in the past were carried out by the IRA

Price, right, with Marian: ‘the stuff of which Irish martyrs could be made,’ wrote Roy Jenkins

Dolours Price: IRA terrorist who later attacked Sinn Fein and its president Gerry Adams

Folklore has it that she was the first female member sworn into the IRA

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.

'It was a very exciting episode. I enjoyed it:' Rescued hostage gives extraordinary account of Algerian gas field terror attack

The first British hostages to speak of their ordeal in the al-Qa’ida desert siege today expressed relief at their rescue and warmly praised the Algerian army. One unnamed hostage who appeared on Algerian state television said, extraordinarily: “It was a very exciting episode. I enjoyed it.”

Plastic bullets used to tackle Union Flag rioters after fresh wave of protests

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.

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