Micheál Martin: worried about the “overarching” influence of the army council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Do you remember Lola? She was a showgirl. She danced in the Copacabana, but that was 30 years ago when there used to be a show. Then times changed and(...)

The Commission of Investigation into the fatal shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn  heard the dead man’s partner, Gráinne Nic Gibb, was still to receive confirmation that all of the relevant evidence had been disclosed by the State. Photograph: David Sleator

Had the Garda known a Real IRA gang was about to carry out an armed robbery it would have prevented it and one of the raiders would not have been s(...)

Mary Lou McDonald claimed at the Sinn Féin ardfheis today that the party’s detractors are trying to push the line at in the absence of violence ‘all was well in the North’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two moments have stood out the Sinn Féin ardfheis in Wexford today, both on the same theme. Its most bellicose speeches defending the conflict were de(...)

 Deputy Mick Wallace at Leinster House yesterday. He said Mr Shatter had “tried to ridicule us, skew the debate, misrepresent us and show a level of disrespect to us as elected representatives.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter appeared to have drawn a line under the political row surrounding his disclosure of confidential information(...)