The 59-year-old was found guilty of a string of attacks on his daughter Áine Dahlstrom when she was aged between four and nine during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has reserved judgment in a sex abuse case against Liam Adams, the brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. (...)

 Liam Adams who has begun an  appeal against his conviction and sentence for raping and sexually abusing his daughter. Photograph: PA

A lawyer for Liam Adams said that a judge was not sufficiently clear in giving her final direction to the jury which found Adams guilty of raping his (...)

 ‘The alleged attacker of Maíria Cahill was ordered into exile by the IRA. So was the alleged attacker of Paudie McGahon.’ Above, BBC Northern Ireland ‘Spotlight’ reporter, Jennifer O’Leary interviewing Paudie McGahon. Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

In recent Irish history, just two bodies have had the power to order a citizen into exile. No government, no court of law, no official body, however p(...)

In his speech in the Dáil today  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams hit out at the Government, accusing it of hypocrisy in dealing with the issue of sexual abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times 4:33

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the Government and Fianna Fáil of holding a five-hour debate on allegations of sexual abuse by republicans “o(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

In the republican strongholds of the North where the writ of the RUC did not run, the local wiseacres had a saying: “There is no law – but there is order.”

In the wake of the Maíria Cahill disclosures of her sexual abuse, Sinn Féin has found itself caught in an uncomfortable spotlight over the manner in w(...)

Gerry Adams: has weathered significant controversies without any apparent adverse effect

The arch-strategists have floundered this week. The apparently unstoppable Sinn Féin machine appears to have been stalled by the quiet might of Maíria(...)

Media spotlight: Maíria Cahill on Monday at Stormont, where she met First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The news of the past 11 days has been dominated by the story of Maíria Cahill. We have heard about her bitter, damaging experience at the hands of an (...)

File picture of Liam Adams, who was  found guilty  of sexual assaults against his daughter on Aine Dahlstrom  in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An appeal by the brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams against being convicted of raping his own daughter will take place next year, it has been (...)

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(...)