Charles de Gaulle with President Éamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin in June 1969, shortly after the former had resigned as president of France. Researchers in Belfast and Lille have traced de Gaulle’s roots to Co Down. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Seán McCartan claims only the most tenuous blood tie to “the last great Frenchman”. His 17th century ancestor, Owen McCartan, was the brother of Gen C(...)

A judge has asked a victim of sexual assault to consider meeting her abuser under the Restorative Justice Programme before he passes sentence

A judge has asked a victim of sexual assault to consider meeting her abuser under the Restorative Justice Programme before he passes sentence.The man (...)

A homeless man who killed an acquaintance by knocking him under a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre a year and a half ago may avoid a jail term.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A homeless man who killed an acquaintance by knocking him under a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre a year and a half ago may avoid a jail term. Last m(...)

Edward Connors (30) was found guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court following four and a half hours of deliberation and a eight day trial.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A man has been convicted of killing an acquaintance by knocking him under a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre a year and a half ago.The jury found Edwa(...)

Di Wei pleaded not guilty to knowingly allowing an apartment at the Innings, Observatory Lane, Rathmines, to be used as a brothel between February 10th and April 26th, 2011. He also denied permitting an apartment at Fastnet Block, Custom House Harbour, to be used for the same purposes between April 1st and July 22th, 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The trial has begun of a Chinese man accused of allowing two Dublin apartments to be used as brothels. Di Wei has pleaded not guilty to knowingly allo(...)

Cristobal Nieuw, with an address at The Hague in the Netherlands but originally from  Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importation of 1.004kg of cocaine worth €70,295 at Dublin airport.

A Dutch national was caught importing €70,000 worth of cocaine into the country after he got lost in the airport and asked a Customs officer for direc(...)

Thomas Byrne received a 16-year term, with four years suspended. Photograph: Collins Courts

The convicted former solicitor Thomas Byrne has been moved to Mountjoy Prison, where he has begun a 12-year sentence for theft and fraud offences tota(...)

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Trust is a solicitor’s most valuable asset. By stealing clients’ properties and using them to extract €52 million from the banks – a scheme that amoun(...)

Thomas Byrne: engaged in “colossal wrongdoing” by stealing €52 million from banks and defrauding clients. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison with four suspended. Photograph: Collins

The Law Society has defended its handling of the Thomas Byrne case after the former solicitor was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the largest w(...)

The jury in the € 52 million theft and fraud trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne will resume its deliberations at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today.

The former solicitor Thomas Byrne, who was accused of theft and fraud offences totalling almost €52 million, has been found guilty on all 50 charges. (...)