Claire Throssell delivered a petition – calling for children’s safety to be put first by the family courts – to London’s Downing Street in 2014. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Like many parents, Claire Throssell carries her sons’ sports gear in the back of her car. Paul’s running trainers and Jack’s PE kit sit in the boot – (...)

Liverpool scarves hang on a lamp post as St George’s Hall is lit up in red with a giant banner reading ‘Truth’ and ‘Justice’ in April 2016. Photograph: EPA

London Editor Chief Supt David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, faces 95 charges of manslaughter, an(...)

 St George’s Hall in Liverpool illuminated following a special commemorative service to mark the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest in April 2016. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

None of the former police officers under investigation for more than 170 allegations of misconduct relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will fac(...)

Polar bear Pizza at an aquarium in Grandview shopping mall on July 27th, 2016 in Guangzhou, China. Pizza is the only live polar bear in south China’s Guangzhou. Photograph: Getty Images

A polar bear dubbed the “world’s saddest” because of its cramped living conditions in a Chinese shopping centre has been offered a new home at a UK wi(...)

 Chris King, from Doncaster, with his new hands at Leeds General Infirmary. Photograph: PA

The first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant says he feels “whole again” as he looks forward to holding a bottle of beer and wearing sh(...)

 Thousands of people  stand outside Liverpool’s Saint George’s Hall as they attend a vigil for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The families of Hillsborough victims are to launch a multimillion-pound high court claim against two police forces for “abuse on an industrial scale”.(...)

A photograph, shown in open court as part of the inquests’ proceedings, of the Leppings Lane terrace at the Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on April 15th, 1989, when a crush caused the deaths of 96 people. Photograph: The Hillsborough Inquests,  www.hillsboroughinquests.independent.gov.uk/EPA

The Hillsborough jury was asked to answer 14 questions about the disaster. They were all yes/no answers but the jury was allowed to give a further ex(...)

Liverpool fans trying to escape crushing amid the  FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, April 15th, 1989. File photograph: David Giles/PA Wire

The jury in the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has retired to consider its verdicts, more than two ye(...)

The Thrill of it All tells the story of a band called The Ships in the Night, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries.

This month The Irish Times Book Club is reading Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel, The Thrill of it All. Here is an extract from the first chapter, wh(...)

The Smiler ride at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire – one of the people seriously injured in last week’s  crash has had her left leg amputated. Photograph: PA

One of the people seriously injured in last week’s Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her left leg amputated above the knee, doctors have confir(...)

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