Kieran Megraw (left) and Seán Megraw carry the coffin of their brother Brendan at his funeral in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At yesterday’s funeral Mass for “Disappeared” man Brendan Megraw, his brother Kieran told of the family’s sense of joy and relief when the cortege br(...)

 Kieran Megraw (L) carries the remains of his brother Brendan  in Belfast today. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The funeral of Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared, was held today in west Belfast.A large crowd gathered today at St Oliver Plunkett Church in Len(...)

The aftermath of the  bombing in  Omagh, as  a new probe finds that police intelligence officers withheld  information from detectives investigating the incident. Photo: PA

RUC Special Branch officers withheld intelligence from detectives investigating the Omagh bombing in 1998, a report by the Police Ombudsman for Nor(...)

Police intelligence officers withheld some information from detectives investigating the Omagh boming in Northern Ireland in which 29 people were killed, a new report has found. Photograph of the aftermath of the Co Tyrone bomb. Photograph: PA

Police intelligence officers withheld some information from detectives investigating the Omagh boming in Northern Ireland in which 29 people were kill(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

 North’s First Minister Peter Robinson insists Stormont institutions are not fit for purpose.   Photograph:  Arthur Allison.

As you read this news media elsewhere will be dominated by the outcome of the Scottish referendum. The campaign for and against independence has under(...)

Baroness Nuala O’Loan told the Kennedy Summer Schol that the current political impasse in Northern Ireland over issues including welfare reform, parades, the past, and flags suggested it was ‘time for the British and Irish governments to begin to play their part’ in Northern Irish politics again.

Former police ombudsman for Northern Ireland Baroness Nuala O’Loan has called for a new and independent commission to investigate conflict deaths dur(...)

The PSNI must hand over files referring to possible criminal and unprofessional behaviour by officers, Nuala O’Loan, Northern Ireland’s former police ombudsman, has said.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The PSNI must hand over files referring to possible criminal and unprofessional behaviour by officers, Nuala O’Loan, Northern Ireland’s first Police O(...)

Speaking before the Oireachtas Justice Committee, interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said the introduction of the authority could represent a ’defining moment for the force’.

The establishment of an independent Garda oversight authority provides the force with a unique opportunity to reform and renew itself and build public(...)

Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell who is due to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee today.

The Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell will appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee this evening. Mr Purcell w(...)