Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced on Thursday evening she would initiate an inquiry by an independent judicial figure, in accordance with section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the conduct of the original Gsoc investigation into the death of Sgt Michael Galvin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Garda sergeant who took his own life in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal last month believed his career was over, the general secretary of the Association(...)

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of a garda sergeant following mounting calls for the Garda S(...)

The mother of two stabbed the man on Aston Quay in Dublin with a mini steak knife in July 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Dublin mother of two has been jailed for three years for an assault in which she stabbed a man in the stomach with a mini steak knife. Natasha Glees(...)

A Turkish soldier stands guard at the Helles Memorial during a commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Hugh MacDermot from Coolavin near Ballaghaderreen was 18 when he was killed at Gallipoli on August 9th 1915.His company commander Capt Wigley, in a no(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Ms O’Sullivan’s tenure thus far has been criticised at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) conference.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The slow pace of Garda reform under Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been strongly criticised by a group of sergeants and inspectors. The Asso(...)

AGSI general secretary John Redmond: ‘The fact the jury found there was no conspiracy; that’s important for the reputation of the Garda organisation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda sergeants and inspectors have welcomed the verdict in the Ian Bailey case, saying they remained hopeful that the murder of Sophie Toscan du Pla(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors’ general secretary John Redmond has said the time is right for the Garda Síochána to get a pay rise.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has said the time is right for the Garda Síochána to get a pay rise.(...)

Irish PoWs in Giessen camp, Germany, during the first World War. Photograph: Humbolt University, Berlin. 2:29

During the first World War the names of German prisoner of war camps were as familiar to many serving Irish men in the British army as were their own (...)

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Easter Rising was a “world historical event”and not just an Irish affair, a conference has been told. Prof Luke Gibbons of NUI Maynooth said the p(...)