Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:   Micheál Martin said:  “It’s time for Gerry Adams to own up and come clean on the scale of cover-ups and kangaroo courts.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The independent review into how sex-abuse cases had been prosecuted in the North of Ireland has raised serious questions for Gerry Adams and the Sinn(...)

St Ives harbour, Cornwall:   this part of England  gets the best weather, yet doesn’t get too hot for children. Photograph: Matt  Cardy/Getty Images

I am parenting my 12-year-old daughter on my own. Holidays are always a bit of a challenge as she does not like the heat and is a very active child so(...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 0:37

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Prince Charles  and  the Duchess of Cornwall  at the  Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

The Prince of Wales has said Northern Ireland should not be imprisoned by its history.Prince Charles visited Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and recon(...)

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, talks with singers during a reception and concert featuring performers from Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle on Thursday night. Photograph: Getty

The Prince of Wales is to visit Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation centre on Friday at the conclusion of a trip which has been all a(...)

JTI claims that Ireland, as an EU member state, cannot unilaterally introduce plain packaging on tobacco products.  File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A supplier of tobacco products is opposing the State’s application to have the Court of Justice of the EU decide various legal issues in a challenge t(...)

 Tim Pat Coogan and Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, at the launch of the latter’s new book, Domhnall Ua Buachalla: Rebellious Nationalist, Reluctant Governor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A new book reflecting on the life of nationalist and politician Domhnall Ua Buachalla has been launched by writer Tim Pat Coogan. The biography Domhna(...)

UK Labour’s shadow health secretary  Andy Burnham. Mr Burnham has become the latest party member to join the leadership contest following the resignation of Ed Miliband.   Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has thrown his hat into the ring in the battle for the Labour leadership.Mr Burnham joins Chuka Umunna and Liz Ke(...)

Prince Charles said British troops were underresourced during the war in Iraq, according to letters published today following a lengthy battle to keep them private. Photograph:  Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Charles said British troops were underresourced during the war in Iraq, according to letters from the royal published today. The government had(...)

Former Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron. The  party’s leaders in  Scotland and Wales have called for Mr Farron to ‘step up’ to succeed Nick Clegg. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron has been urged to “step up” and lead his party in the wake of last week’s “devastating” general election(...)