Papers dealing with the State’s response to the outbreak of violence in the North in 1969:  by investing in a digital archive, State departments will be able to transfer emails, business files, digital images and other electronic records to the National Archives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Better to have a nation without her history than have history but no nation” are the words apocryphally ascribed to Ernie O’Malley as he and the othe(...)

 Liam Adams: is serving a 16-year-old jail sentence for a string of sexual assaults against his daughter Áine. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Liam Adams is to seek to go before the European Court of Human Rights in a final bid to have convictions for raping his daughter overturned. Lawyers(...)

Developer Garrett Kelleher: could be hit with a  damages bill over his involvement in a €60 million insurance claim

A US court could hit Irish developer Garrett Kelleher with a large damages bill arising out of his involvement in a €60 million insurance claim if a (...)

  Maurice Gaffney: “I owe a lot to my colleagues. They have made me happy and have always been reliable.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When he was called to the Irish Bar, back in 1954, there were about 250 barristers in the Republic, of whom about one-fifth were senior counsel, and t(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump  claimed Ted Cruz “stole” the Republican caucuses and accused him of “fraud”. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Billionaire Donald Trump, smarting from his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, the country’s first presidential nominating contest, has escala(...)

Both pro- and anti-choice sides were dumbfounded by the outcome. The accused had been acquitted, the accusers indicted. The spectacular backfire might have been less of a surprise (although would still have been surprising) in Manhattan or San Francisco. But in Sheldon country?

Until just last week, the only thing many of us knew about Harris County is that it is located in east Texas, where Sheldon Cooper comes from. Sheld(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron defends Taoiseach’s right to comment about the potential impact a British exit could have on the peace process. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

David Cameron has suggested that Irish people working in the United Kingdom may not be affected by changes to welfare benefits in Britain’s renegotiat(...)

Kerry Co Council is facing a six figure bill after being ordered by the Supreme Court to pay the costs of former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely’s successful appeal for a total recount of votes in the 2014 local elections for the Listowel electoral area.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Kerry Co Council is facing a six figure bill after being ordered by the Supreme Court to pay the costs of former Fianna Fáil senator Dan Kiely’s succe(...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

Mr Justice Moriarty said a member-in-charge needed a measure of independence to ensure the rights of a detained person were safeguarded

A High Court judge has ruled a garda’s decision to handcuff a man following his arrest on suspicion of drink driving did not render the arrest unlawfu(...)