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).
01 February 2013 07:04 PM
Kidnappings for ransom are not unusual in Ireland and in the past were carried out by the IRA
26 January 2013 12:00 AM
Folklore has it that she was the first female member sworn into the IRA
22 January 2013 12:00 AM
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
18 January 2013 08:04 PM
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.”
12 January 2013 12:00 AM
Belfast City Council could face legal action over its decision to restrict the flying of the flag
10 January 2013 05:55 PM
A Belfast GP believes many youths rioting over the Union Flag are not interested in politics
09 January 2013 07:35 PM
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.
06 January 2013 10:20 PM
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
19 December 2012 12:00 AM
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
12 December 2012 06:11 PM
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.
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