One of Jean McConville’s sons has told the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry that he was sexually abused while in care by the notorious p(...)

Rubane House in Co Down was the subject of a police investigation in the 1990s. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior official at a Catholic order investigating the first sexual abuse allegations at a Northern Ireland children’s home said the matter was best (...)

File photograph of Fr Brendan Smyth from 1997. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sexual abuse was rampant at a children’s home in Northern Ireland run by a Catholic order of brothers, a senior police officer has said.Around a fifth(...)

 Dr Eamon Martin who succeeds Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, pictured at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the new Primate of the Catholic Church, is seen as something of a relative “unknown” in the Holy See. Furthermore, he is see(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: for the past four years the child abuse issue cast a shadow over his tenure at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What was striking yesterday was the warmth and affection with which so many church leaders and others spoke of Cardinal Seán Brady. A naturally hum(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: remains a cardinal for life and may take part in papal elections until he is 80. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All-Ireland. Coadjutor Archbishop (...)

Cardinal Brady was ordained a priest 50 years ago in 1964. A native of Drumcalpin near Laragh Co Cavan he attended national school there before going on to St Patrick’s College Cavan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 3:13

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland. Coadjutor Archbishop of (...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

 Brendan Boland who has launched his book, ‘Sworn to Silence’. “I wasn’t looking for a personal apology to myself. I was looking for an apology to all the children who had been abused since 1975, when he had the information. That’s the apology I wanted, not an apology to me.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Abuse victim Brendan Boland (53) has expressed disappointment at the manner of Cardinal Brady’s retirement as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Prima(...)