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Pat Finucane's IRA and other republican clients made him deeply unpopular in police and military circles

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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton urged an end to the new outbreak of violence in Northern Ireland today.

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The threat to Britain from violent Irish republicans, who continue to wage a sporadic campaign, has receded

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The threat to Britain from international terrorism remains high but the menace of Irish dissident republicans has reduced, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

Secret agent Raymond Gilmour who infiltrated IRA to become supergrass accuses MI5 of abandoning him to a life of mental anguish

A one-time police agent who passed on information about the IRA has surfaced in England with claims that MI5 have left him destitute and failed to protect him against republicans.

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Michael Pedersen, 51, is believed to have killed, Ben, 7, (top) and Freya, 6

Soldier who survived IRA Hyde Park blast kills his children

Son and daughter of cavalryman who rode the horse Sefton in attack are found dead

Martin McGuinness: UK government must face independent inquiry if Northern Ireland is ever to achieve true peace

Sinn Fein politician backed a call for a UN-led international body to investigate post-conflict situations around the world

Paul Vallely: Power needs more courage than opposition

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Dissident republicans including Real IRA unite for 'armed struggle' in Northern Ireland

A collection of dangerous dissident republican factions in Northern Ireland yesterday announced they were coming together under a single leadership to combine their sporadic campaigns of violence.

Howard Jacobson: 'Shake,' my father would say after a fight. I felt the injustice, but life's a dirty business

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The Queen arrived in Northern Ireland yesterday for a two-day visit which will centre on what is regarded as a historic handshake with Martin McGuinness, the one-time IRA commander who is now a leading politician.

Martin McGuinness and Queen to shake hands 'in private' during landmark meeting next week

Martin McGuinness will hold a landmark meeting with the Queen when she visits Belfast next week, his Sinn Fein party confirmed today following months of speculation about an formal encounter between royalty and republicans.

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