In the republican strongholds of the North where the writ of the RUC did not run, the local wiseacres had a saying: “There is no law – but there is order.”

Distrust of RUC led to parallel ‘justice’ system by republicans which at times was brutal

John McNulty’s abrupt appointment caused a major political controversy and gave rise to charges of political cronyism against Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys

Department of Arts officials were asked which State boards had vacancies

Keir Starmer: 
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 manner in which cases relating to allegations made by 
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Keir Starmer is former director of public prosecutions for England and Wales

 Maíria Cahill  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outside Government Buildings after their meeting last week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Solicitor for four says he is advising his clients not to meet the Taoiseach ‘at this stage’

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

Expert group’s recommendation for performance management to be accepted

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Allegations of a cover-up demand a wider response. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil leader has said the allegations of a cover-up demand a wider response

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  examinations of the balance sheets of each bank  demonstrate that significant progress has  been made since 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance says PTSB's shortfall will be 'fully addressed' by bank's capital plan

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

McDonald moves to dissociate party from suggestion victim was not raped

Shane Ross: said he would continue to hold one-to-one meetings as he seeks support for this new alliance

South Dublin Deputy says existing Independent TDs may form nucleus of new alliance

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