Ex-IRA member and Garda informant Sean O’Callaghan being escorted from the High Court in 1998. Photograph: Charlie Collins

IRA informer turned author Seán O’Callaghan has died aged 63. It is understood the convicted republican killer died while swimming in a pool in Jamaic(...)

Royal Ulster Constabulary police officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, Co Tyrone, on August 15th 1998. File photograph: Paul McErlane/PA

Relatives of Omagh bomb victims are to sue Northern Ireland’s police chief for investigative failings they believe let the killers escape justice. Ah(...)

 Former president Mary Robinson:  said Ballina would benefit from having a centre that could attract visitors and academics and could promote issues  such as human rights, women’s leadership and climate justice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary Robinson has said she is “optimistic” that negotiations on the purchase of her former family home in north Mayo will succeed. S(...)

Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

Now that Christmas has arrived, it’s time for political junkies to take some downtime. Here are some ideas on how they might treat themselves over the(...)

Anglers and canoeists held a rally at a Border lake on Saturday in a bid to put pressure on political parties to support a Private Member’s Bill to ban fracking.

Anglers and canoeists held a rally at a Border lake on Saturday in a bid to put pressure on political parties to support a Private Member’s Bill to ba(...)

Ireland’s Michael Conlon (red) in action against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Olympic Games in Rio on August 16th. Photograph: Reuters.

It seems now manifestly too late but the suspension by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of all 36 referees and judges who officiated at th(...)

 Protesters wearing masks of Enda Kenny  and Micheál Martin.  The difficulties of bringing the two parties together are underrated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On August 12th, 1927, Fianna Fáil TDs took their seats in the Dáil. After the assassination of minister for justice Kevin O’Higgins the previous month(...)

Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

The August 15th, 1998, Omagh  bombing took the lives of 29 people and a woman heavily pregnant with unborn twin girls. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In terms of achieving justice the Omagh families have reached “the end of the line”, conceded Michael Gallagher. It is not going to happen. Mr Gallag(...)

Amnesty said an investigation was needed ‘to ensure lessons are learnt, included from the failure to carry out adequate investigations’ into the Omagh bombing. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Amnesty International is calling on the UK authorities to conduct a public inquiry to “investigate comprehensively the circumstances surrounding” the (...)