Michael O’Flaherty received   his birth certificate containing his full name, date of birth and mother’s name when he joined the army aged 24.     Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ann O’Flaherty remembers the first night she met her husband, Michael, at the Irish Club on Parnell Square in Dublin in October 1973 and the walk home(...)

EU Council President Donald Tusk and  Leo Varadkar gesture as they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

To Hell and Back . . . Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to meet EU leaders including president of the European Council Donald Tusk. His co(...)

A file image of  the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Co Galway. Photograph: PA

Survivors from the Tuam mother and baby home have called on the Government to begin collecting DNA samples immediately. The Tuam Home Survivors’ Net(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: apologised to the former residents, saying she was “deeply sorry” about the delayed report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has apologised to survivors of mother and baby homes after another delay in the work of a commission of invest(...)

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

The Government appointed retired High Court judge John Cooke in June 2017 to investigate Nama’s £1.24 billion (€1.38 billion) sale in 2014 of the portfolio to US distressed-debt firm Cerberus.

The Commission of Investigation into the National Asset Management Agency’s (Nama) controversial sale of its Project Eagle portfolio in the North has (...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of his visit to Ireland in August. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Pope Francis has made no reference to a financial contribution by the Church in his response to a letter from Minister for Children Katherine Zappone (...)

Bill Kenneally. “It should be remembered that these matters are particularly sensitive, and that Mr Kenneally is due to stand trial for further alleged offences,” Judge Barry Hickson cautioned. File photograph: Patrick Browne

The retired judge who is heading up a commission of investigation into the handling of allegations of sexual abuse against former sports coach Bill Ke(...)

A significant number of infant remains were confirmed on the site of the former home in March 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Relatives of children who lived in the Tuam mother and baby home wanted a full forensic excavation of the site along with DNA analysis, it emerged in (...)

Catherine Corles at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial ground on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Galway historian Catherine Corless said she was “shocked...pleasantly shocked” by the Government’s decision to initiate excavation and exhumation at t(...)

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