Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy leaving the Special Criminal Court   in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The reputed former chief of staff of the Provisional IRA, Thomas “Slab” Murphy, was patted down by a member of An Garda Síochána as he passed through (...)

It was noticeable in the television debate that Joan Burton  and Enda Kenny performed like a team with complementary messages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

So far it has been the most curious election campaign anybody in politics can remember. The parties are locked in trench warfare with no sign of anybo(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy, who was once the head of the IRA’s so-called army council, will be sentenced later at the Special Criminal Court following his conviction in December on nine charges of tax evasion. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The sentencing of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for tax evasion has been adjourned until Friday, February 26th – the day of the general el(...)

Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said ‘full disclosure’ would be provided to the HIU so that it could fully investigate killings. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has stated that the British government and its agencies would provide “full disclosure” to a proposed new (...)

Enda Kenny tried to  to pin some kind of blame on Gerry Adams who said he would recruit 3,000 gardaí and reopen 140 Garda stations. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Will the last person to politicise the recent gangland murders please turn off the lights? And will the last person to use the murderous activity of g(...)

Firemen survey the damage outside the Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham, after an IRA bomb blast. Photograph: Getty Images

British police may have been tipped off about the deadly Birmingham pub bombings by an IRA “mole” before the blasts, a coroner has been told. It was (...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, with Mary Lou McDonald TD and Cllr Rose Conway Walsh at the launch of Sinn Féin’s election manifesto in the Royal Irish Academy in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For Gerry Adams, when it comes to IRA atrocities, the past is another country. We have all moved on from the conflict. But in his obvious irritation (...)

Arlene Foster said she would still work with Mr McGuiness as “the past is the past”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The North’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, has spoken of her difficulties with Martin McGuinness because he delivered a graveside oration for the IRA(...)

Jimmy Guerin, Brother of Veronica Guerin   said: “Jurors should not be exposed to anything that is going to cause them to live in terror or in fear.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams yesterday appeared to downplay his party’s position on the abolition of the Special Criminal Court. The party’s man(...)

September 24th, 2015 Gary Hutch (34) is shot dead pool-side at an apartment block near Marbella after a life of crime. The killing is believed to h(...)