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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A bit of turbulence: How one priest attempted to revive Knock by building it an airport

Knock was a shanty town in the west of Ireland that had but a single blessing: in 1879, 15 people saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary . One visit from the Pope a century later, and a local priest was graced with a vision of how to transform this tiny backwater. Four decades on, is his dream still alive?

Police fear violence, seen in Belfast on Friday, will be repeated in Castlederg

Police in Northern Ireland braced for more parade violence

Police in Northern Ireland are bracing themselves for a fresh wave of violence today after officers came under sustained attack during riots that again proved that no solution has been found to the parades problem.

Northern Ireland: Police on alert ahead of rival parades

Extra police will be deployed in Northern Ireland this weekend to deal with a number of potentially contentious parades involving both loyalists and republicans.

Austin and Oliver Stack (left to right), sons of Brian Stack, make a statement following a series of meetings with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

IRA finally admits killing prison officer Brian Stack during the Troubles

Chief officer of Portlaoise Prison was left brain-damaged and paralysed after he was shot in the back of the neck in Dublin in 1983

The devastation on Market Street, the scene of the Omagh car bombing

Victims’ group demands full inquiry into Omagh bomb

New information shows that atrocity which claimed 29 lives could have been prevented

Omagh report confirms the authorities had the bombers in their sights

There’s sympathy for the families that many things went lethally wrong

A petrol bomb hits riot police after being thrown by loyalist rioters in north Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast riots: US diplomat arrives to resolve thorny issues as petrol bombs and missiles injure police

‘Peace envoy’ to Northern Ireland appointed in a bid to resolve issue of contentious parades

Ireland passes historic law allowing limited abortion rights for the first time

Church handed a rare defeat, but legislation only covers severely limited number of cases

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on to a successful acting career

‘People like Val Doonican liked working with us,’ she recalled. ‘We were not showbizzy kids’

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Medical officer warns particularly strong drugs, including one known as Green Rolex, are in circulation

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