A 2008 file photograph of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, who has been released from prison after serving a  sentence for directing terrorism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt has been released from prison after completing a sentence for directing terrorism. McKevitt, who is battling cancer,(...)

The August 15th, 1998, Omagh  bombing took the lives of 29 people and a woman heavily pregnant with unborn twin girls. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In terms of achieving justice the Omagh families have reached “the end of the line”, conceded Michael Gallagher. It is not going to happen. Mr Gallag(...)

 Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving for his sentencing hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

As a young police officer, former Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan once engaged in a bizarre game of cross-(...)

Prison conditions: A washroom in E Block of Portlaoise jail

Dissident republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison are preparing to sue the State over what they believe are degrading and inhumane conditions in the(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy: got the bulk of the IRA in south Armagh over the line. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s backing of Thomas “Slab” Murphy will be seized upon by politicians from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, DUP, Ulster Unionist, SDLP and oth(...)

 RUC officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a Real IRA bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, which killed 29 people in 1998. File Photograph: Paul McErlane/PA Wire

Two men from Co Louth who were among four men found liable in a Northern Ireland High Court civil action for the 1998 Omagh bombing have denied having(...)

Liam Campbell

Two of the men found liable in civil court proceedings for theOmagh bombing face jail for contempt unless they comply with orders to disclose details (...)

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(...)

Ivor Callely: prisoners’ 25 per cent remission does not have to be earned, despite often being referred to as “time off for good behaviour”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

At the heart of Ivor Callely’s legal efforts to secure enhanced remission of a third of his jail term is the framing of the parameters around which t(...)

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt  is nearing the end of a 20-year sentence.

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt is set to begin an ongoing programme of temporary releases within weeks to prepare him for his full release from pris(...)