Dr Eamon Phoenix is a political historian and Irish News columnist. He is a member of the Taoiseach’s Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries. He has been reporting on the annual release of Northern Ireland government files for 30 years and Sam McBride is political editor of the News Letter, having joined the paper in 2007 after beginning his career at the Belfast Telegraph. He is a regular presence on radio and television, giving analysis of events which impact on Northern Irish politics. Since 2012, Sam has reported on what is now the biannual release of government records.