Fr Niall Molloy, who died in July 1985: the State Pathologist said the primary cause of death was head injuries, but confirmed that he had a diseased heart and his cardiac condition could have contributed to his death

The family of the late Fr Niall Molloy are “as committed as ever” to resolve the circumstances surrounding his death. His nephew, Bill Maher says th(...)

A Palestinian boy  next to the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas  in 2014, in Gaza City. Photograph:  MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

There were no great surprises in the findings of the UN’s commission of inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict. Unlike previous similar reports that were(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Siteserv. Photograph: Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called for an independent inquiry by a “competent authority” into the controversial sale of construction services company Sit(...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s will help other women of her generation in a similar situation to tell their stories and trace their children. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s w(...)

Labour TD Joe Costello: “In the past, Ireland has been to the forefront in leading EU thinking on the Middle East.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has been criticised by some of its own TDs for its decision to abstain in a United Nations vote calling for a commission of investig(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: said much would depend on the terms of reference presented to the Dáil in the autumn

The appointment of Judge Yvonne Murphy as chairwoman of the forthcoming commission of inquiry into mother-and-baby homes has been questioned in the D(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan said the matter of vaccine trials on children in the homes may be included in the investigation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The commission of inquiry into mother and baby homes will be fully operational by the end of next month and probably chaired by a non-legal figure, M(...)

 Brian Purcell: The department which Purcell heads was the subject of substantial criticism in the Guerin Report, which concluded that there were inadequacies in the manner in which it responded to serious allegations made by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Brian Purcell, secretary general of the Department of Justice, arrived into last night’s meeting of the Oireachtas all-party Committee on Justice unde(...)