A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

The murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996  shifted the Special Criminal Court’s focus on to organised crime. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The murders of David Byrne and Eddie Hutch snr have pitched the Special Criminal Court into the general election campaign. Minister for Justice Franc(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said: “I welcome the fact that the conviction [of Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy] has taken place. I will resist any temptation to make reference to Al Capone and the style of his conviction. It is essential to say nobody is above the law and everyone is answerable to the courts.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has said the conviction of republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for tax evasion was an “important judgment” and said his tria(...)

Paul Dunne: “I wasn’t hitting fairways at the start, but then I started hitting it well in the middle and gave myself some chances”

Notorious gangster Al Capone once shot himself in the left leg when he played one of his regular money matches at Olympia Fields near Chicago. (...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

Into the west: Tim Robinson in Connemara. Photograph: Brian Farrell

We said goodbye at the gate. His first step took him over the horizon.We stood around his parting footprint.“He must be taller than we thought,” we sa(...)

Dermot Rooney, who died after his prison release

A few months after Dermot Rooney died, his family received a letter from a woman in Donnybrook, Dublin, where he used to sleep rough. She spoke of his(...)

US investigators have shut digital payment service Liberty Reserve and arrested its main founder and four others, claiming that the $6 billion (€4.6 b(...)