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Newly appointed Northern Ireland First Minister Michelle O'Neill made history Feb. 3, 2024, by becoming the first Catholic and first Irish nationalist to lead the country’s government in its 103 years of existence.

Catholic to lead Northern Ireland’s government for first time in history

Feb 5, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

First Minister Michelle O'Neill is a member of Sinn Féin and officially supports the reunification of the Republic of Ireland... Read more

A mural in Derry depicting then-Father Daly leading a group carrying a victim on Bloody Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972.

Bloody Sunday anniversary a time to remember, and forgive, Derry bishop says

Jan 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Fifty years ago, the Bloody Sunday massacre resulted in many reactions: lies, anger, and a misplaced desire to forget the... Read more

Claudy bombing memorial statue created by sculptor Elizabeth McLaughlin

Priest’s rumored involvement in IRA bombings revisited in lawsuit against Derry diocese

Sep 17, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

After the Northern Ireland government and police agreed to settle a lawsuit with several families of victims of a bombing... Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

May 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

Sep 5, 2020

On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north... Read more

Former Northern Ireland politician and Joint 1998 Nobel Peace Prize Winner John Hume attends a funeral service for Father Alec Reid in Belfast, Nov. 27, 2013.

John Hume remembered as Northern Ireland's great peacemaker

Aug 3, 2020

Retired politician and Nobel laureate John Hume, a major leader in the effort to secure peace in Northern Ireland, died... Read more