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Unco is a word found as an adjective, adverb and noun, once common in Scotland, Ulster, and in the northern English counties of Northumberland, Cumbe(...)

The UK has abolished peremptory challenging of potential jurors, so is it time we too adopted that model?

At the Central Criminal Court in Dublin earlier this year at a trial for sexual assault, the defence used all seven of its entitlements to challenge p(...)

Scott Jamieson of Scotland reacts after narrowly missing a chip shot for birdie and a 59 on the 18th hole as his caddie Ritchie Blair looks on during the third round of the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Faro. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson came agonisingly close to recording the first ever 59 on the European Tour as he charged into contention in the Portugal Mas(...)

The complete prohibition, put in place during the 1980s Aids threat, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.

The ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland is irrational, A High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Treacy also held that health minister Ed(...)

This weekend the start of the EuroHockey League sees four Irish players involved in the opening round of matches and several more in a three weeks’(...)

Uefa is considering a radical overhaul of international football that would see national teams playing a new Nations League competition.The idea, flo(...)

Former president of the High Court Mr Justice Richard Johnston with Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the opening of the Michaelmas Law Term yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has warned against undermining the independence of judges and has appealed to all involved in the administration of (...)

Words We Use: whittles

Once upon a time, and not so long ago either, you could hear the old women of Wexford’s towns speak of their whittles. A whittle was a cape, a mantel,(...)

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For Oisín and Diarmuid Scollard, their brother Cormac’s suicide, in 2003, set them on a professional path they never thought they would take, but one (...)

The Mater: where the sisters stood up to the Black and Tans. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sr Eugene Nolan has written a fascinating history of the Mater hospital, Caring for the Nation, published by Gill & Macmillan. She describes tense(...)

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