Prof Phil Scraton:  ‘The word that was used was corralled and then we were penned. What do you corral? You corral animals. What do you pen? You pen animals. That was the mindset that underpinned crowd control at that time.’

Of course there are no winners in the long battle for justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. For their families, a successful conclu(...)

The Oireachtas should heed the strictures of Mr Justice Richard Humphreys about the need for more judges to meet the ever greater demands on the court(...)

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys called on the Oireachtas to legislate for the appointment of more judges. Photograph Cyril Byrne

A High Court judge has called on the Oireachtas to legislate for the appointment of more judges because the State is “rock bottom” in Europe for the n(...)

Maternity staff must be well used to dealing with loss. Unfortunately, they have not always treated bereaved parents with empathy so standards are needed. Photograph: iStock

The new National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death have just been published. Why are they needed? How hard c(...)

At the wreath-placing ceremony to mark the shooting dead of Constable  James O’Brien, the first casualty of Rising,  was  his great, great grandson, Michael O’Sullivan from Listowel, Co Kerry. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The State-organised 1916 commemorations have been widely seen as a success, encouraging pride in national independence and an open discussion about th(...)

Maurice Manning,  chairman of the advisory committee on the decade of centenaries: “We were into commemoration. We were into history. We were not into politics. We said no,” he told Parnell Summer School.   Photograph: Cathy Loughran

Historians involved in advising on the decade of centenaries “point blank” refused a Government request to use the Northern Ireland peace process as a(...)

 An event marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Historians involved in advising the decade of centenaries “point blank” refused a Government request to use the Northern Ireland peace process as a fr(...)

Former minister for communications  Alex White has accused Sinn Féin of having ‘very little impact’ on the Easter Rising commemorations. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has made “very little impact” on the Easter Rising commemorations, a former Labour minister has said. Former minister for communications A(...)

 Emily O’Reilly: ‘The 1937 constitution neatly packaged the dehumanising intent of these and future laws through its explicit positioning of women outside of the public space’. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

European Ombudsman Emily O’ Reilly said “vast swathes of women” were “infantilised” through the laws of newly independent Ireland. Speaking at the of(...)

 New shadow chancellor in Britain John McDonnell:  was involved in the campaign to secure the Irish in London their first St Patrick’s Day festival in 1999. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The new shadow chancellor in Britain, John McDonnell, has been among the most active MPs on Irish affairs in the House of Commons. Mr McDonnell, who(...)

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