Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams:  he also employs the standard defence of the Catholic Church when confronted with its own past – that these “actions were of their time”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was the US strategist Karl Rove who came up with a phrase: “When you are explaining you are losing.” Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams wrote a very l(...)

Protestors calling for an end to violence in Gaza marched from The Spire on O’Connell Street in  Dublin to the Israeli Embassy today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Thousands of people marched from Dublin city centre to the Israeli Embassy today, to call for “freedom and justice in Palestine”.A Garda at the march,(...)

Margaret McGuckian (left) and Katie Walmsley

Katie’s mother left her family when she was eight years old. Her father moved the family to his hometown, Derry, where a local priest suggested(...)

 Hundreds gather to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit at Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Photocall

Outside the library in Enniskillen a couple of thousand people, some connected to trade unions, left-wing political parties and environmental groups, (...)