Fr Peter McVerry said he saw the award as an acknowledgement that homelessness remains a hugely important issue in Irish society. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry was on Thursday honoured with the Spirit of Mother Jones Award in Cork and said he saw it as an acknowle(...)

Mark Durkan:  he urged Mr Cameron to honour “the dying wish of an innocent man”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

British prime minister David Cameron has offered to look into a promise made to Gerry Conlon shortly before he died that he could inspect files held(...)

They made him the rebel he became – the irony of Gerry Conlon’s embattled life. At 20 he went to England to seek work and to escape the grimness, ever(...)

 Peter Hain: said letters to on the runs  were a crucial part of the jigsaw that led Sinn Féin to support policing in 2007. File Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hain was told in 2006 John Downey was wanted for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing — even though the Donegal(...)

Relatives of those killed outside Belfast Coroner’s Court last month at the start of a new inquest into the deaths of 10 people shot dead by British soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1971. Photograph: PA Wire

The rejection by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers of calls for the creation of an independent panel to investigate the August 1971 Bally(...)