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Gerry Adams during his address to delegates at the Sinn Féin ardfheis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted his successor will not be anointed behind closed doors and a democratic process will take place. Mr Adams (...)

Lena Tice’s third-quarter penalty ensured a UCD victory over  Railway Union. Photograph: Inpho

There’s no change at the top of the Hockey League with UCD, Cork Harlequins and Pegasus all picking up wins over the weekend, Loreto the only one of (...)

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’s arrest in 2014 was a blow to Mary Lou McDonald when she was on the cusp of becoming an acceptable figure to many middle-ground voters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Now that Gerry Adams has signalled his departure from the leadership of Sinn Féin, the casual assumption that he was a cap on the party’s electoral po(...)

Armalite and ballot box: Gerry Adams launches a Sinn Féin manifesto in 1998. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

He is going away, you know. That was the unequivocal message Gerry Adams delivered to more than 2,500 delegates at the Royal Dublin Society on Saturda(...)

Those in the smaller crowd on Tuesday night, the one that stayed to see the wrecked Irish players leave the field, can at least say: I was there, all the way. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Many thousands of Republic of Ireland fans felt that they couldn’t bear to stay until the bitter end of the Tuesday night’s reality check by the ice-c(...)

Former IRA hunger-striker, Laurence McKeown, wears clothes fashioned from a former prison blanket similar to the ones used by the prisoners known as the ‘Blanketmen’ who took part in the dirty protest in the Maze prison during the 1970s and 1980s. Photograph: Stephen Davison

The market for wall calendars is pretty crowded. If your life can be edified with fresh monthly images of fluffy kittens, laughing nuns or a pouty Pol(...)

The Christmas-decorated drawingroom at Hayfield Manor in Cork.

The days between Christmas and New Year can drag on – and more so this year: Christmas and St Stephen’s Day falls on a Monday and Tuesday, which means(...)

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

You’re unlikely to find anyone in Iveagh House, the Dublin headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, who thinks Brexit is a good idea. Yet Br(...)

In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Almost 20 years after the signing of the Belfast Agreement, John Hume’s seminal role in the peace process has been transposed to a new film exploring (...)

The soldier who fired the baton round that fatally wounded 11-year-old Francis Rowntree (above) used excessive force, coroner Brian Sherrard said in his preliminary findings. File photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

The killing of a boy shot by an army rubber bullet in Belfast in 1972 was not justified, a coroner has ruled. The soldier who fired the baton round t(...)

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