The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise: one of Ireland’s most modern prisons, it  houses a number of killers who, while not convicted of any sex offences, had a sexual dimension to their crimes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

After being given a life sentence at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Graham Dwyer was taken by van to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin’s north inner city. A(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan says it has been a very traumatic day for the O’Hara family. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Victim advocacy group AdVic has called for minimum tariffs for those imprisoned for life following the sentencing of murderer Graham Dwyer. A decisio(...)

Mr Justice Tony Hunt found there was no blanket right to have a solicitor present during questioning. Photograph: Collins Courts

Graham Dwyer has been granted a legal aid certificate following his sentencing for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Remy Farrell SC applied to trial judg(...)

Graham Dwyer looked down and seemed to wince as the court was told Elaine was ‘emotionally immature and very trusting of anyone who showed her kindness’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times 0:45

“We can hear her voice in the texts, just wanting to be loved.” The line in Frank O’Hara’s victim impact statement, relating to the texts exchanged be(...)

Stella Nolan holds a photograph of her and her sister murder victim Sylvia Shiels, taken in the early 1960s at the horse show in the RDS. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The contrast could not have been starker. Two brutal murder trials, running almost in parallel in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, attracted very(...)

‘This is our life sentence. For us, there is no parole.’ 0:45

The sentence hearing of Graham Dwyer, convicted of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara in 2012, has heard a victim impact statement written b(...)

Graham Dwyer (centre) leaving the Four Courts after a previous court hearing. File photograph: Collins 0:45

Elaine O’Hara was an intelligent girl and was lost in a “brutal, traumatic and horrifying manner”, the sentence hearing of her murderer Graham Dwye(...)

Joe Duffy:  only really starts to sound relaxed again on Wednesday, as Liveline resumes its role as the nation’s outlet for gripes about contemporary life.  Photo:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The air may be distressingly thick with cases of murdered women, but as Joe Duffy discusses the long unsolved female homicide, he sounds positively ch(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner: “It is a matter of regret to An Garda Síochána that . . . nobody has been brought to justice for that crime. It remains an ongoing, live and open investigation.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The investigation into the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is still “live and open”, said Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. She said the (...)

Graham Dwyer’s legal team is likely to focus on the procurement of telephone records and on questioning in custody. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer’s appeal over his conviction for the murder of Elaine O’Hara is likely to be heard far sooner than appeals in the past and will focus on (...)