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Pat Quinlan, left, and Matt Quinlan, third from right

In the summer of 1992 Bernadette Quinlan arrived home on holidays from Switzerland, where she and her husband Gerry were living at the time. The phone(...)

Ireland’s main share index outperformed most of its European peers on Friday with a 1.08 per cent rise led by positive moves in CRH and Ryanair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish shares outperformed European peers on a day when global equities rose with strong economic data coming from the US. Meanwhile, Britain’s Ftse c(...)

Opposition supporters carry a cross and computer screen with the words “RIP voting machine” on it, during a rally. Photograph: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have vowed to join forces to end President Joseph Kabila’s 17-year hold on power, accelerating (...)

The higher the cost of cobalt, the more you will pay for an electric car. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The Congo. September 1961. Irish soldiers in Jadotville are attacked by separatist Katangan forces led by Belgian mercenaries. Jadotville is a copper-(...)

 Irish Defence Forces personnel  in Jadotville are to be awarded medals. Photograph: Defence Forces Archive

Members of the 35th Infantry Battalion, who fought at the Siege of Jadotville in1961 are to be awarded medals, it has been announced. The announcemen(...)

L-R: Jordanne Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Charlie Kelly, Stephen Fingelton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo Actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo was always likely to become famous. Born and raised in Co Wicklow, the good-looking, sleek 16-year-old ha(...)

Daphne Park with MI6 colleague Hugo Herbert-Jones on route to Stanleyville (now Kisangani) in the Congo in 1960/61. Five officers in total took part in the operation, the nature of which remains undisclosed. Photograph: courtesy of Sarah Herbert-Jones

Queen of Spies is the biography of the late Baroness Daphne Park (1921-2010), a senior controller in Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, popularly (...)

In five weeks the Irish soldiers have spread out efficiently, quickly and with a minimum of fuss into positions hundreds of miles apart. Goma, for ins(...)

 In September 1961, 150 soldiers from A Company were ordered to protect the local population.  Photograph: Defence Force Archive

Nothing was ever said and there was never any official opprobrium attaching to them. But the men of A Company, 35th Battalion of the Defence Forces al(...)

The Nzolo refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Iggy Roberts/Crown Copyright via Getty Images

The first UN peacekeeping mission to the Congo, from 1960 to 1964, will be remembered by many as a baptism of fire for Irish peacekeepers. (...)