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(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: focus on response to allegations of sexual abuse by republicans. Photograph: Alan Betson

The BBC Spotlight programme about Maíria Cahill cast a double focus – on her as the alleged victim of an IRA rape and “interrogation”; and on the I(...)

Gerry Adams: took issue with an article in the Irish Daily Mail. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was entitled to a right of reply, but no further remedial action, following a highly critical article about his(...)

 Liam Adams was found guilty last year of a string of attacks on Aine Dahlstrom when she was aged between four and nine in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has mounted an appeal bid against his conviction and sentence for raping and sexually abusin(...)