For Dublin-born Colm Meaney, “The Journey” (opening Friday) is a rare opportunity to be onscreen for virtually the entire film.
Meaney stars as Northern Ireland’s controversial IRA Sinn Fein political leader Martin McGuinness, who is negotiating a peace agreement with his rival, Timothy Spall’s British loyalist Ian Paisley.
McGuinness and Paisley were architects of the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement that cemented the Northern Ireland peace process.
Could you make peace with a sworn enemy?
Timothy Spall says he won't get his penis out for a film.
The 'Mr Turner' actor is currently starring in a new, politically inspired movie but claims he will never flash his manhood on screen after his son Rafe revealed all in 'I Give It A Year'.
Speaking to Shortlist magazine, he said: "I was stoked that he wasn't feeling uncomfortable about it himself.
"He did it beautifully, did it well. It's always a vulnerable thing to have to do.
DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army chieftain who turned away from violence to forge bonds with Northern Ireland's Protestants, was laid to rest Thursday in a cross-community service that illustrated the new alliances forged by the region's slow-blooming peace process.
The Latest: McGuinness’ coffin carried through streets
DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on the death of former IRA commander and former Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness (all times local):
The body of Martin McGuinness has been borne through the streets of the Bogside, the Catholic area of Londonderry where he was born.
Residents stood and applauded as McGuinness' coffin, draped in an Irish tricolor flag, was carried through the city, known as Derry to Irish nationalists.
LONDON (AP) - Martin McGuinness, the IRA commander who then became Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, has died at the age of 66 following a short illness.
Reactions to his death illustrate the divisive nature of his life. From being at the forefront of the armed struggle to get the British out of Northern Ireland and unite the island of Ireland, he became a passionate supporter of compromise with his former foes.
DUBLIN (AP) — Standing at the Butcher's Gate in Londonderry, Martin McGuinness often had to choose between war and peace. For the longest time, he chose war.
A brief explanation of the conflict in Northern Ireland
Martin McGuinness came of age as a product of Northern Ireland's bitter divisions. He played his part commanding armed rebels, and in the peacemaking that followed.
WHAT IS THE CONFLICT ABOUT?
It's about grievances that go back centuries in conflicts between English and Irish, and more recently about the division of the island between two states and two cultures
DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness took up arms to fight British soldiers in the streets but ended up shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II. A militant who long sought to unify Ireland through violence, he became a peacemaking politician who earned the respect, and even the friendship, of his former enemies.
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Northern Ireland’s Martin McGuinness Dead at 66
Sinn Fein chooses new leader O’Neill for Northern Ireland
LONDON (AP) — Michelle O'Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.
The party said Monday she will replace Martin McGuinness, who resigned in early January due to ill health. O'Neill has been serving as health minister for Sinn Fein. She will now assume the role of party leader.
The 40-year-old from County Tyrone called her new post "a huge honor."
IRA leader turned peacemaker McGuinness announces retirement
LONDON (AP) — Allies and political opponents paid tribute Friday to Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander-turned-peacemaker who is stepping down as one of Northern Ireland's most influential politicians.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said McGuinness had played a key role in moving the Irish nationalist Republican movement toward "peaceful and democratic means."
Sinn Fein says Belfast power-sharing must end for election
DUBLIN (AP) — Talks aimed at preventing the collapse of Northern Ireland's unity government faced resistance Wednesday from the Irish nationalists of Sinn Fein, who insisted that the government cannot be saved and an early election must be held.
British officials appealed to Sinn Fein to fill their party's top post in the coalition following this week's surprise resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as government co-leader.
Belfast power-sharing shaken as top Sinn Fein figure resigns
DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland's power-sharing government was plunged into crisis Monday as its senior Catholic leader quit in a showdown with his Protestant colleague that could trigger a snap election and shatter the bedrock of the region's peace deal.
Protestant paramilitary shot dead in Northern Ireland
LONDON (AP) — Police and politicians say a prominent member of an outlawed Protestant paramilitary group has been shot dead in Belfast.
John Boreland, a member of the Ulster Defense Association, was killed in a Protestant area of the city on Sunday evening.
Senior politicians on Monday condemned the killing amid fears it could signal escalating violence between pro-British Protestant factions.
Arlene Foster, who heads Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant...
LONDON (AP) — Britain wants to find a "practical solution" to ensure there will be no new border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when the U.K. leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom to share a land border with another EU member. Residents and businesses on both sides of the frontier fear a return to customs and immigration controls along the unmarked...