Mercedes Goncalves, a member of the Elizabeth St Leger lodge in Dublin
Sex and the secretive masons

Doneraile Court, Co Cork, 1712: Elizabeth St Leger was reading one evening when she happened to eavesdrop on a masonic rite next door. Some loose bric(...)

Sirhan Sirhan reacts during a parole hearing on Wednesday  in San Diego: he was denied parole  after   telling a board  he could not remember shooting Robert F Kennedy  and was therefore unable to confess. Photograph: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

The convicted killer of senator Robert F Kennedy has been denied parole for the 15th time after telling a board that he could not remember shooting Jo(...)

Paul O’Donovan (left) and Gary O’Donovan, who will represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio. Photograph: Debbie Heaphy.

Buffeted by winds and holding out against floods, rowing steps out of an important year and into what might be the most important in a decade or more(...)

A man walks past the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New York. Comcast said the deal had been structured in a way that if the US government didn’t agree, the companies could walk away

Comcast and Time Warner Cable confirmed on Friday they had abandoned their proposed $45 billion merger. Comcast said the deal had been structured in (...)

Hand-in-hand with increased customer traffic on the Darknet comes increased focus by law enforcement agencies

“Congratulations!” shout the large green letters printed across the computer screen. You can now browse the internet anonymously. Welcome to the Darkn(...)

Brian Rattigan leaving court in 2009 after he was found guilty of the murder of Declan Gavin outside a fast-food restaurant in Crumlin in 2001. Photograph: Collins

Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan, who last month became the first drug dealer to be found guilty of charges connected to directing the supply of (...)