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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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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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

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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".

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