Sam McBride Northern Ireland Editor
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Sam McBride is the Northern Ireland Editor of the Belfast Telegraph and the Sunday Independent. His 2019 book Burned: The Inside Story of the Cash-for-Ash Scandal and Northern Ireland’s Secretive New Elite became a Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. He is a regular presence on radio and television, giving analysis of events which impact on Northern Irish politics and society.

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Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Independent

Focus Areas

  • Northern Ireland

885 Articles
3 months ago
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It would be a scandal if Jeffrey Donaldson’s trial collapsed due to the justice system’s failure

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s trial is a monumental challenge for the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.

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3 months ago
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Army’s concern at RUC getting a bigger covert operations role

A secret Army paper in 1984 expressed concern the RUC might get more involved in “the mucky end” of intelligence-gath...

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3 months ago
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Kew Files: Adams and McGuinness separately said IRA had been wrong not to decommission earlier

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness were in Dublin to meet US President George W ...

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3 months ago
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The Kingsmill massacre: A squeeze of the hand on a cold winter’s night shows hope was always there

Imagine you are driving down a dark country road on a winter evening when you are stopped by armed men blocking the r...

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3 months ago
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Inside IRA decommissioning: US spy satellites, Adams criticising the IRA, and inspections in dark...

Ever since the IRA’s historic decommissioning of weapons, the process which saw arms destroyed has been clothed in ac...

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3 months ago
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Informant was paid equivalent of £55k for info which saw ‘notorious IRA gang’ arrested

The largest single payment to an informant in Northern Ireland during the first 13 years of the Troubles was £15,000 ...

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3 months ago
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SF lobbied for return of on the run IRA man later killed by his former comrades

Sinn Féin pressed to get on the run Provo Kevin McGuigan back into Northern Ireland in 2000 — 15 years before the IRA...

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3 months ago
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Tony Blair’s Government wanted an amnesty only for terrorists, with soldiers and police excluded,...

Long before the government legislated to give an amnesty for all Troubles crimes, its own files show it had been warn...

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3 months ago
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Sinn Féin’s track record on housing in Northern Ireland is nothing to write home about

Parties seeking power make extravagant promises. When voters consider a party that has never previously been in a cou...

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3 months ago
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Despite Sinn Féin now denouncing Troubles amnesty, it secretly pressed for an amnesty...but just ...

For years, Sinn Féin has been at the forefront of the campaign against the Government’s Troubles amnesty.

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3 months ago
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Jeffrey Donaldson privately vowed to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with David Trimble — even if th...

Despite his hardline public stance, Jeffrey Donaldson privately said if the IRA allowed its arms dumps to be inspecte...

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3 months ago
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Peter Robinson ‘well aware’ DUP was handing seat to Sinn Féin by splitting unionist vote in 2001

Peter Robinson was “well aware” that DUP support for an independent unionist candidate in the 2001 General Election w...

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