In today’s terms, Dean Lyons  would be classified as having a moderate general learning disability

Dean Lyons, the man who first admitted the killings of Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan, was 23-years-old at the time of the murders.Born on April 20th(...)

Murder victim Sylvia Shiels.

March 7th, 1997: Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Sheils (60) found dead in sheltered accommodation at 1 Orchard Walk, Grangegorman, Dublin. June 16th, 1(...)

“The era of new taxes and charges is over,” says Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the  Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appealed to the Irish electorate to vote Yes to same sex marriage to send a powerful signal about the nature of Irish society(...)

 Minister for the Environment and Labour Deputy Leader Alan Kelly: made his comments at the weekly meeting of the Labour parliamentary party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 3:12

Minister for the Environment and Labour Party Deputy Leader Alan Kelly last night strongly criticised Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett at a private meetin(...)

The Labour Party has said that no disciplinary action will be taken against Wicklow TD Anne Ferris after she abstained in the Dáil vote last night on the establishment of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Labour Party has said no disciplinary action will be taken against Wicklow TD Anne Ferris after she abstained in a Dáil vote on the establishmen(...)

The former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has taken a High Court action to overturn some of Seán Guerin’s findings.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There will be no Dáil debate on the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into claims of Garda malpractice because of a connected legal actio(...)

Mick Wallace: The system is broken. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The only meaningful change that has taken place in the Garda Síochána and in its culture has been the appointment of a new commissioner, the Indepe(...)

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes will look at the entry and exit arrangements for single women into and out of the homes and for the children on leaving the institutions. 1:34

A commission of investigation into mother and baby homes will have the power to compel drug companies which conducted vaccine trials on children resid(...)

Sean Guerin investigated claims from Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe (above)  that serious crimes were not properly investigated by gardai.

The most serious allegation to be examined by a new Commission of Investigation into Garda operations is how a man who murdered a woman was on bail at(...)

Judge Yvonne Murphy: UCD awarded her an honorary degree of doctor of laws last December, citing several of her achievements including being called to both the English and Northern Irish Bar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Judge Yvonne Murphy’s appointment as chairwoman of the commission of investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes is her latest such ro(...)