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Jonathan Lennon has pleaded not guilty at Dublin District Court to breaking the Official Secrets Act. Photograph: Collins Courts

A service officer in the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) office admitted to gardaí that he had a peek in a Peter Butterly murder suspect’s file(...)

The remains of a digger used in the bomb attack on Loughgall RUC station in 1987. Photograph: Pacemaker

The North’s Department of Justice has announced new measures to deal with a large backlog of legacy inquests relating to Troubles-related killings. T(...)

The 62-year-old was convicted in 2008 over 15 million smuggled cigarettes, and jailed in Maghaberry prison

The man who is at the centre of a major Criminal Assets Bureau inquiry is one of the most significant cross-Border smugglers in the country, gardaí be(...)

Roused by Brexit to revisit his Northern Irish Protestant roots, Anton Thompson-McCormick took his English boyfriend David Bradford on a cycle alon(...)

The scene of the IRA car bomb at Killeen in April 1987 in which Judge Maurice Gibson and his wife Lady Cecily Gibson were killed. What remained of their car is to the right behind the telegraph poles. The car in which |reland internationals David Irwin, Nigel Carr and Philip Rainey were travelling is in the middle of the road.

Mick Doyle was going apoplectic. David ‘Doc’ Irwin, Philip Rainey and Nigel Carr were late for Ireland training. It’s April 1987. Des Fitzgerald say(...)

Long Meadow apple farm

It’s the season of mellow fruitfulness, and as such it’s a great time to visit Ireland’s Orchard County, Armagh. The Bramley apple was first brought (...)

Preparations under way for the Donegall Road bonfire in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison

There is a very old joke about King James fleeing the Battle of the Boyne and meeting an old Irishman along the way to whom he shared his woes. “Don’t(...)

Fr Alex Reid gives last rites to one of the two soldiers murdered. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Thirty years ago, I rang Ian Paisley on a Sunday. That afternoon, everything seemed bleak and hopeless – following dreadful days that had seen the Gib(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she has  signalled she will examine how the party is run in light of a series of bitter resignations and rows in local organisations. Photograph: Getty Images

The annual release of State papers sees hazy glorification of IRA violence meet the historical record of bombing and murder, another brutal reminder o(...)

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was rumoured to have set up a notorious IRA gang for ambush by the SAS as they tried to blow up a police station in Ma(...)

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