Gerry Charlton: made his name in the early 1960s in one of the most sensational trials in Irish legal history, that of Dr Paul Singer and his colleagues Desmond and Diana Shanahan of the Shanahan Stamp Auctioneering firm.

Gerard (Gerry) Charlton, who has died aged 81, was one of the most respected litigation solicitors in Ireland for more than 50 years. He made his n(...)

A hit with the ladies: the late Tony Ryan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stories of Tony Ryan’s tough management style are legendary, and they come thick and fast in Ryan: A Legacy (RTÉ One, Tuesday), David Murphy’s insight(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

A Co Cavan man is seeking to overturn his conviction for harassing a Garda sergeant and his wife after allegi(...)

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid with then taoiseach John A Costello and (standing behind) Costello’s ADC, Mick Byrne. Costello told the Dáil: “I, as a Catholic, obey my church authorities and will continue to do so . . . There will be no flouting of the authority of the bishops in the matter of Catholic social or moral teaching.”

The preoccupations of the Irish Catholic hierarchy in the early years of the State were the twin and related evils of company-keeping and danci(...)