British troops mistreated nine Iraqi detainees following a fierce battle a decade ago, but false allegations of murder and torture were the product of “deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility”, the five-year Al-Sweady inquiry has found. Photograph: The Al-Sweady Inquiry/PA Wire

Allegations that British troops killed captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a battle in 2004 were “baseless”, a long(...)

Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnest Press conference in Dublin last month, were (from left) Francis Mc Guigan, Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally, Brian Turley and Kevin Hannaway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State is opposing an application by lawyers for the “hooded men” for their legal costs of an application aimed at compelling the Government decide(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a landmark case taken by the State over alleged torture by Brit(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is to ask the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in a case involving controversial interrogation practices by the Br(...)

A number of the surviving ‘Hooded Men’ who hope the Government will apply to the European Court of Human Rights over their human rights case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Several men seeking the reopening of their landmark human rights case over controversial interrogation practices by the British army in Northern Ir(...)

Swimmers dive into the Forty Foot on Christmas Day, 1971.  Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

If the ghost of Joyce’s “stately plump Buck Mulligan” is still swimming at Dublin Bay’s Forty Foot, it may not be in the company of the Sandycove Bat(...)

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Several men detained by the British army in 1971 want the High Court to compel the State decide whether to seek to revise a controversial European Cou(...)

An undated handout photo of Jean McConville (left) with three of her 10 children. Photograph: PA Wire

Senior Belfast republican figure Bobby Storey was released on Thursday night following his arrest in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConvill(...)

Sir Jack Leslie (97) whose uncle, Captain Norman Leslie, was killed in the first World War at the launch of the centenary exhibition at the National Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

An exhibition that seeks to portray Ireland and the first World War with all its complexities and contradictions has opened at the National Library. T(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)