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
belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Government’s ‘private understanding with Sinn Féin’ revealed – and NIO won’t say if it remains in...

The Government had a “private understanding with Sinn Féin” – and recorded it in written form – that it would set up ...

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3 months ago
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South Armagh watchtowers had function so secretive that security agencies wouldn’t even tell America

The south Armagh watchtowers had a function which was so secretive that British security agencies did not even tell A...

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3 months ago
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Tony Blair worked behind scenes to thwart Pat Finucane public inquiry after discussion with MI5 boss

Tony Blair worked behind the scenes to avoid a full public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane after a conversati...

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3 months ago
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Leo Varadkar praises Michelle O’Neill and Emma Little-Pengelly at meeting of North-South Minister...

In his last major engagement as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has praised the “very good impression” which the First and De...

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3 months ago
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Thefts linked to Belfast missile factory sparked fears loyalists were exporting secrets

A series of thefts linked to a Belfast missile factory caused the intervention of the Ministry of Defence and MI5, pr...

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4 months ago
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Emma Little-Pengelly’s father was ‘leading UDA man’ who was key to missiles-for-arms plot, MI5 be...

Despite his denials, secret documents discovered by the Belfast Telegraph show that the Government believed Noel Litt...

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4 months ago
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Rather than Britain plotting to murder Peter Robinson, as he claimed, officials worked to protect...

Contrary to Peter Robinson’s claim that the UK Government was hiring a mercenary to murder him after his ‘invasion’ o...

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4 months ago
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Garda officer saved Peter Robinson from being put in handcuffs and carted off to prison

A Garda officer saved Peter Robinson from being handcuffed and taken to Mountjoy Prison after a court appearance rela...

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4 months ago
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Trimble told SoS how ‘police officers waved their warrant cards at UUP representatives after they...

The reform of policing was more damaging to the UUP than the lack of IRA decommissioning, the UUP told the Government.

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4 months ago
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Sinn Fein undoubtedly stole votes when it beat SDLP in 2001 election, official believed

Sinn Féin “undoubtedly” stole votes in the 2001 General Election — the first time the party overtook the SDLP — the N...

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4 months ago
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Paisley ‘aware of DUP candidates’ paramilitary links’

Almost half of the DUP’s candidates for Newtownabbey Borough Council in 1993 had some links to loyalist paramilitaris...

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4 months ago
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IRA was short of cash after 1994 ceasefire and ‘had no strategy’ to replenish funds

Two months after the first IRA ceasefire in 1994, Britain’s top intelligence unit had evidence the Provos needed mone...

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