Viper: Martin Foley with the fang-like handlebar moustache that gave him his nickname. Photograph: Collins

The circumstances of this week’s arrest of Martin Foley, the criminal also known as the Viper, mirrored much of his criminal past: chaotic, unusual(...)

Martin Foley, a father of three known as The Viper, has survived five attempts on his life and has been wounded a total of 14 times. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

Veteran criminal Martin Foley was in hospital on Monday afternoon after requiring medical attention while under arrest.The 64-year-old Dubliner and on(...)

Brian Purcell:  asked to be moved from his post in the Department of Justice to another part of the public service following the findings of an independent review group set up by the Government earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Brian Purcell, the former secretary general of the Department of Justice, is to be to be moved by the Government to a new position as head of complia(...)

Brian Purcell:  squeezed from office because of the disastrous handling of the allegations. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The now departed secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell is one of the most experienced senior civil servants in the State.He ha(...)

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill (pictured) to help gardaí recover stolen paintings, are entitled to proceed with their action for damages against the Garda Commissioner and State, the High Court has ruled.

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill t(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter with Brian Purcell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Though his name was not widely known beyond political, media and security circles until being thrust into the middle of the Garda eavesdropping(...)

North Sea Scrolls: Andrew Mueller, Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan. Photograph: Ki Price

North Sea ScrollsKevin Barry Room, NCH****Billed as an “evening of revelations” and pitched as an alternative and hidden history of Britain and Irelan(...)

Who can remember a single name among the litany of victims of the past decade? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

RTE needed something like Love/Hate. The station’s record in building audiences around home-produced drama has been patchy. Series like The Clinic and(...)

Sir William Orpen’s Portrait of Captain Colin David Brodie, dating from 1928, (€20,000-€30,000)

A painting once stolen by the notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill, known by his nickname, “the general” is among the highlights in Whyte’s art auc(...)