When Judge Peter Smithwick in December published his tribunal finding that he was “satisfied there was collusion in the murders” of RUC Chief Supt Har(...)

 Mr Justice Peter Smithwick:  Three former senior gardaí believe the Smithwick Tribunal did not place enough emphasis on the evidence of former members of the Provisional IRA who met the tribunal and outlined how they had planned the killings without, they claimed, assistance from any Garda members.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three former senior gardaí have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal’s conclusions, challenging its key finding of collusion(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick arriving at the tribunal. Three former senior Garda officers say the finding of Garda collusion  damages relations between the Garda and PSNI and undermines the State’s ability to actively pursue substantial acts of collusion during the Troubles.

The failure of the Smithwick Tribunal to undertake a basic reconstruction of the murders of the two RUC officers it investigated meant it missed a vit(...)

Former Garda sergeant Owen Corrigan leaving the Smithwick tribunal in May 2013. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Any move to deny a former Dundalk-based detective sergeant his legal costs for eight years at the Smithwick Tribunal, would be challenged in the High (...)

The Victoria Cross: A total of 27 British soldiers who were born in what is now the Republic will receive the honour. The proposal is to erect the specially designed stones in their home towns on the centenary of the day in which the British army’s highest honour for bravery was won. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Every Irish-born soldier who won a Victoria Cross in the first World War is to have a paving stone erected in their honour paid for by the British gov(...)

Beauty and the Beast. Ian Paisley with his successor, Peter Robinson, and (centre) Nigel Dodds. Photograph: PA

It will take time to see if Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson, and the DUP, are damaged by being bad-mouthed on television(...)

View of Sing Sing, a vault at Kilquane Cemetery, Knockraha, Co Cork, used by the IRA for holding prisoners during the War of Independence. Photograph:  Gerard Murphy

A controversial thesis that the killing of some 13 Protestants by members of the IRA in West Cork in April 1922 during the truce was sectarian has bee(...)

The Revenue has secured a €26,000 judgment against bankrupt Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely’s Coalport Building Company. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Revenue recently secured a €26,000 judgment against bankrupt Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely’s Coalport Building Company.Mr McFeely, a former IR(...)

 Eamonn Mallie with Ian Paisley and his wife Eileen Paisley. Dr Paisley (now Lord Bannside) disclosed how neither he nor his family attend the Free Presbyterian Church anymore.

The Rev Ian Paisley has spoken of his deep hurt at how he felt forced out as moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church which he founded in Northern Ir(...)

Dublin City Council assistant manager  Brendan Kenny:  warned that progress  in dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour in disadvantaged areas could unravel. “I would be very worried that with the cuts and reduction in services, things may go back so we need to keep concentration on it.”

A Dublin city school may close because of gangland activity, a meeting of former TDs and Senators has been told.Dublin City Council assistant manager (...)

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