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Queen Elizabeth arrived in Ireland on Tuesday.

In two days an 85-year-old, slightly-stooped woman, armed with nothing more than a handbag and a smile, has managed to bring relations between Britain and Ireland to a new level of warmth and friendship. Read more» 2

Queen Elizabeth II's plane arrives in Dublin on Tuesday.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II was to visit Ireland Tuesday, marking the first visit to the country by a British monarch, but on the eve of the historic visit, a bomb threat forced the Mall, an avenue leading to Buckingham Palace, in London to shut down. Read more»

The village of Moneygall is getting spruced up for a visit to Ireland by President Barack Obama later this month.

President Obama's imminent arrival to his ancestral home in Ireland is providing a welcome distraction for a population profoundly depressed by financial woes. Read more»

This week's election for the power-sharing assembly in Northern Ireland shows that the population strongly supports its unique political experiment, which ended decades of conflict. The peaceful vote was notable for its focus on the economy as DUP and Sinn Fein held onto power. Read more»

President Obama may have to change his foreign policy goals in the wake of Tuesday's elections.

President Obama’s 2009 inauguration ushered in a new era that sought for America to re-engage with the world. But what happens to the spirit of Obama’s foreign policy if Republicans capture control of Congress? Read more»

A British Cabinet Minister and a Cardinal were certain that a Roman Catholic priest was responsible for one of the worst IRA atrocities of the Northern Ireland Troubles, but they colluded to allow him to continue his ministry preaching the Gospel. Read more»

An Irish motorway, outside Dublin.

A symbolic new freeway unites Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. Read more»

A different strain of sectarianism plagues North Belfast today, more than a decade after Northern Ireland's peace agreement. Stemming not from political ambition but still falling along the Protestant-Catholic fault line, daily skirmishes now have a catchy name: recreational rioting. Read more»

The world has seen dramatic pictures of violent street disturbances in Northern Ireland in recent weeks. But it would be a mistake to assume that Belfast and Derry are returning to the bad old days of the Troubles of 1968-1998. Read more» 1


What is it about Northern Ireland, which is about a 10th of the size of New York State and has about a 10th of the population, that it currently produces so many world class golfers? Read more»

Murals in the Bogside neighborhood of Derry, Northern Ireland.

"Unjustified and unjustifiable," said David Cameron of the events of Jan. 30, 1972, in Northern Ireland when British troops opened fire on civilian protesters, killing 14. The release of an official report, after 38 years, still had the power to stir deep emotions concerning the event that has long ago passed into history as "Bloody Sunday." Read more»

A mural in Derry shows a group men, led by a local Catholic priest (later to become Bishop Daly), carrying the body of Jack (Jackie) Duddy from the scene of Bloody Sunday.

Moving on has never been a part of life in Ulster. Those who could understand the concept "move on" — Protestant and Catholic — did precisely that and over the centuries left Ireland altogether. Cameron can only hope that his unprecedented words will create an unprecedented degree of acceptance. Read more»

6,000 gathered in hot sunshine in Guildhall Square, Derry, to await the government's report on Bloody Sunday.

Cheers erupt in Derry as British government releases report on the 1972 killings: There was silence as Cameron announced to the House of Commons that the killings of civil rights demonstrators by members of Britain's elite First Parachute Regiment on Jan. 30, 1972, were "unjustified and unjustifiable." Read more»

DUP Leader Peter Robinson being interviewed by the BBC as he campaigned in April.

One of the biggest shocks in the United Kingdom's general election came in Belfast, where the leader of Northern Ireland's biggest party lost the parliamentary seat he has kept warm for 31 years. Read more»

Graffiti on a demolished wall. Sandy Row, Belfast.

Breaking bread, instead of heads, might help heal old wounds in Ireland. Read more»

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