Dolores Atwood, with her husband Chris (left) and RTÉ’s Kevin Bakhurst (right), speaking to the media on leaving the Four Courts on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015,  after the announcement of a settlement in a High Court action for damages taken by former Archbishop of Benin, Richard Burke. Photograph:  Collins Courts 0:39

The parties had announced a settlement. As court 25 emptied out, Dolores Atwood stood with her devoted husband’s arm around her, looking confused and (...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

Cork priest Fr Tom Duggan who volunteered as a British army chaplain in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery and an OBE by King George VI.

Fr Tom Duggan certainly lived a life less ordinary. He served in the British army in the first World War and ended up as a PoW; became friends with IR(...)

  Less hideous than a garden gnome, more politically correct than a lawn jockey, the plastic flamingo has been flaunted in front gardens by the millions. File photograph: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images

Don Featherstone did not invent Phoenicopterus ruber: nature took care of that eons ago. But what Featherstone did nearly six decades ago – in the pro(...)

The remains of Olivia Burke arrive at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral of Berkeley balcony collapse victim Olivia Burke (21) was held in Dublin on Wednesday morning. Ms Burke’s remains arrived at the Our Lad(...)

An image from the Road Tramps website. Andrew O’Donoghue was a member of the Limerick-based motorcycle club.

Hundreds of bikers from across the country have escorted a murdered “brother” on one of his final journeys along narrow country roads in Co Limerick. (...)

Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, are calling for a “fair and balanced investigation” into the road incident where their son Pádraig  (pictured) was hit by a van in Cape Cod.

The parents of an Irish student who was seriously injured after he was hit by a van while cycling on a J1 visa in the US have called on the governor a(...)

If the current pace of extinction is allowed to continue, species loss will have a significant effect on human populations in as little as three generations, the report claimed. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Humans have already triggered the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction, thereby threatening their own future as a species, a hard-hitting new study (...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)

Bruce Schneier: “We’re all open books to both governments and corporations; their ability to peer into our collective personal lives is greater than it has ever been before”

A decade ago, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties cautioned that the mobile phone was in essence, the equivalent of a personal tracking device, reco(...)