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Kieran McLaughlin (58) gestures to family and friends, as he leaves Derry Magistrates court in Derry, he was arrested by police after a week long search,and charged with the murder of Barry McCrory. Photograph: PA

Supporters have cheered a man as he arrived at court in Northern Ireland to face murder charges.Kieran McLaughlin (58) from Elaghmore Park in Galliagh(...)

Jayne Olorunda: “I always remember there was terrible pain in our house.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Jayne Olorunda sits in a Belfast cafe that’s popular with hip young professionals. She is a beautiful woman, with a master’s degree and a job in a non(...)

Life aquatic: a spider crab in Keem Bay, on Achill Island. Photograph: Richard Thorn

This summer Laura Taylor hitched up a trailer, took it to south Co Mayo and offered guided snorkelling tours of Achill Island’s tranquil Keem Bay. Cap(...)

Armagh and Galway do battle in the 1999 National League at Crossmaglen under the British army base. Photograph: Stephen Davison /Pacemaker

Through most of the Troubles the relationship between the GAA and unionists was fraught, difficult and sometimes murderous. The thaw set in only in re(...)

 Wicklow independent candidate Stephen Donnelly.

Budgets produced by Fianna Fáil-led governments were fairer than those of the current Coalition, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly said yesterday. He sa(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) is welcomed to Co-operation Ireland’s dinner honouring the peace-building work of the GAA,  in Queen’s University, Belfast, last night, by  GAA Ulster secretary Danny Murphy (right) and Co-operation Ireland chairman Christopher Moran. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson broke further community and political ground last night when he attended a Co-operation Ireland dinner honouring the (...)

Seán Jacob broke Niall O’Brien’s 22-year-old record in the Dublin Sculling Ladder time trial last weekend. Photograph:  David Maher/Sportsfile

After a terrific summer of competition, this weekend brings rowing back into conflict with the Irish weather. Skibbereen Head of the River, set for th(...)

Had the Civic Forum survived it might have headed off trouble over the flags protests. Photograph: Reuters

The community and voluntary sectors have been key players in the peace process in Northern Ireland during the past 20 years, their organisations and g(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass, speaks during cross-party talks at the Europa Hotel, Belfast, last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Former US diplomat Richard Haass is to meet British officials in Downing St today. Dr Haass, who is chairing all-party talks on flags and parad(...)

 Archbishop Michael Jackson:   said “sectarianism itself is alive and well not least in the Church of Ireland community”. He referred also to what he called a “deeply dug-in antagonism to difference on the part of those who trumpet pluralism”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Delegates to the Church of Ireland Dublin and Glendalough synod have reacted with surprise and some concern to remarks made by Archbishop Michael Ja(...)

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