‘The Tuam Home was, according to the Ryan Report, established in 1925 by the local county council. The council, presumably moved by similar benevolent motives, invited in the Bon Secours Sisters to run it.’ Above, the site of a grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Unwed mothers and their infants were an affront to morality. They were spurned and ostracised both by the public relief and charitable institutions.”(...)

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Undated file photo of Diana, Princess of Wales as former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman has told the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey that she leaked royal directories to him. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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An inquiry into the deaths of Diana Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed (pictured) and driver Henri Paul has found no evidence that they were murdered. Photograph: PA/PA Wire.

The SAS was not involved in the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed, Scotland Yard has said.It emerged in August that the police were l(...)

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Ten to ten on Thursday night, December 5th, 2013, will be one of those moments we will remember where we were when we heard the news. The death of Ma(...)

Lee Harvey Oswald. “The sad preponderance of other lone nuts with guns may  have helped sway opinions. Barely a week goes by without some maniac causing unimaginable tragedy for no good reason. The theory that great conspiracies must surround significant crimes no longer carries quite so much weight.” Photograph: Reuters

Why has so little been said about the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination? Yes, there have been 20 or 30 documentaries on the telly. Tr(...)

Three-year-old John F Kennedy Jr salutes his father’s casket in Washington on November 25th, 1963. Jackie Kennedyand daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president’s brothers  Edward Kennedy and attorney general Robert Kennedy. Photograph: AP

On the 50th anniversary of the death of US president John F Kennedy, assassination fascination cranks up again. As pictures across the media remind th(...)

W hen I was in London recently visiting relations I came across the holy grail of second hand shops. These places aren’t what they used to be, as you (...)

Queen Elizabeth meeting Ronan O’Gara (right) and other members of the Irish Rugby Team at Hillsborough Castle. Photograph: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES

The Ireland squad had been invited to an official congratulations ceremony with Her Majesty in recognition of the Grand Slam. I wouldn’t have much kn(...)

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