‘The Book of Kells in all its glory is now fully digitalised at the digitalcollections.tcd.ie (http://bit.ly/1Deu6EM). The manuscript in its entirety can be studied by all.’

The Book of Kells, housed in the Trinity College library, is a fascinating manuscript. It is first and foremost a Book of the Gospels. When you look a(...)

Sean Stewart, from Drumaveg, Moycullen, Galway, pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court  to a single charge of having images and movie files of children aged between three months and 17 years, posing naked or engaging in sexual activity, stored on his laptop, on his two mobile phones and on a USB memory stick at a house he was renting in Gort na Glaise, Sandy Road, Galway, on November 27th, 2013, contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1988.

A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison with the final 18 months suspended for having video and photographic images of children (...)

Hand-in-hand with increased customer traffic on the Darknet comes increased focus by law enforcement agencies

“Congratulations!” shout the large green letters printed across the computer screen. You can now browse the internet anonymously. Welcome to the Darkn(...)

A 29- year-old Connemara man will be sentenced next week for possessing child pornography at a rented house in the city last year.

A 29- year-old Connemara man will be sentenced next week for possessing child pornography at a rented house in the city last year. Sean Stewart, from(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping  and premier Li Keqiang  press buttons to vote during the closing ceremony of China’s National People’s Congress  at the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing. Photograph:  Feng Li/Getty Images

During the only news conference the Communist Party leadership gives on a regular basis, premier Li Keqiang used a graphic description for China’s eff(...)

The front of The Irish Times in Westmoreland Street, Dublin in 1964

Writing the history of a daily newspaper is extraordinarily difficult. That history is not defined by the paper’s profit or loss, by its circulatio(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has published the draft General Scheme for a Retention of Records Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill has been published by the Government which proposes that records gathered by the Ryan Commission, which investigated abuse in residential inst(...)

Independent senator Ronán Mullen. File photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prominent broadcasters are using their positions to argue in favour of same sex marriage ahead of the referendum on the issue, Senator Ronán Mullen ha(...)

Spare the rod and spoil the child is a centuries-old injunction that encouraged too many parents to make liberal use of corporal punishment in discipl(...)

The UN, responding to a 2006 government report, said it was ‘deeply concerned that corporal punishment within the family is still not prohibited by law’ in Ireland. Photograph: Monkeybusinessimages/Getty

There are many aspects to the emotionally charged issue of smacking – legal, ethical, moral – that divide parents, campaigners and legislators.Childre(...)