Baroness Nuala O’Loan: “Journalists seem, on occasion, to have abandoned the careful, nuanced use of language in favour of wild sweeping assertions.”   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The media has been criticised at a conference in Boston for contributing to the decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Speaking in Boston Colleg(...)

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(...)

State agents appear to have played a part in the bombing of Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road in 1993 in which nine people died. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The question arising from this week’s allegations in the Irish News of the extent of British security service involvement in IRA killings is: What was(...)

Former Northern Ireland police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan: claims that ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of deaths happened in the North as a result of security force collusion. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The British government must face up to its responsibilities in the face of “overwhelming evidence of collusion”, a Northern Ireland victims’ group and(...)

The funeral of journalist Martin O’Hagan whose 2001  murder featured in a Panorama programme. Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as a result of security force collusion.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has claimed that “hundreds and hundreds” of deaths happened in Northern Ireland as (...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

A mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar supporting a Yes vote in the same-sex referendum. The Garda’s representative body has called for a yes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has stopped well short of supporting the right of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) to call on its me(...)

 Former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan:  “The guards need to be building confidence, not losing it. It is not the function of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law, to challenge the law and call for people to change the law in this way.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The right of the body representing rank-and-file gardaí to recommend a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has been defended by both the M(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader was responding to comments made by former police ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Nuala O’Loan, who said it was inappropriate for the GRA to advocate a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) is fully entitled to advocate a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Ma(...)

“My objection is policing everywhere is supposed to provide an impartial and independent service and this clearly is not happening when a Garda representative association is taking a stance on a referendum which is being conducted by the state”, said Nuala O’Loan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Baroness Nuala O’Loan has said she is appalled by calls from the Garda Representative Association (GRA) f(...)