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Jean McConville  with three of her children shortly before she disappeared in 1972

The primary yet unproven allegation in Patrick Radden Keefe’s book Say Nothing is that Marian Price was the third member of the three-person IRA squad(...)

 Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger was a key figure in the Irish-American mobster world of south Boston and was also involved with the IRA. Handout photograph: US Marshals Service/US Department of Justice/Reuters

Irish-American criminal James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead in a West Virginia prison on Tuesday, bringing to an end the life of one of America’s mos(...)

An undated photograph of James “Whitey” Bulger holding the son of fellow gangster John Martorano. Photograph:  US attorney’s office of Massachusetts handout via Reuters

James “Whitey” Bulger, the South Boston mobster and FBI informer who was captured after 16 years on the run and finally brought to justice in 2013 for(...)

File image from 2015 of Frank McDonald at Aldborough House, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“There is no use pretending that Frank McDonald is aiming at a judicial and dispassionate tone. He is not. He is in a rage,” said Maurice Craig of McD(...)

The coffin of  Patsy Dan Rodgers is carried to  St Colmcille’s Church on Tory Island off the coast of Co Donegal for his funeral. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Tory Island, off the north coast of Co Donegal, was flooded with visitors on Thursday for the funeral of its king, Patsy Dan Rodgers. Mr Rodgers was(...)

 Beto O’Rourke, who is taking on  Ted Cruz for his senate seat, is one of ActBlue’s most high-profile clients. Photograph:Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News/Pool via Reuters

A 30-minute drive northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, in the leafy suburb of Somerville, lies the headquarters of ActBlue. This non-profit organisatio(...)

The funeral procession of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Dublin on Wednesday for the funeral cortege of Emma Mhic Mhathúna, a high-profile campaigner in the Cervical(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: In his weekly sermons, broadcast all over he country by Catholic radio stations, he took to reading lists of the latest atrocities by security forces and the death squads in El Salvador. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

In March of 1968, four Franciscan priests from Ireland, of whom I was one, reported for duty to the diocese of San Miguel in the eastern corner of El (...)

The  Church of the Annunciation, Finglas. The building is to be demolished to make way for a smaller church building. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a final Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, in Finglas West, one of the largest churches in Ir(...)

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