No one believes SF leader’s denial about IRA membership, says Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Taoiseach challenged the Sinn Féin leader to say if he was a member of the IRA during bitter Dáil exchanges.Enda Kenny said that if Gerry Adams wa(...)

 Chief Supt Harry Breen: unarmed and waving a white handkerchief, he was shot in the back of the head: Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA

About twenty to four on March 20th, 1989, Finbarr King heard the ugliest sound in the world: the howl of triumph that goes up from a human wolfpack j(...)

Colm Keaveney announces he is joining Fianna Fáil on the plinth at the Dáil last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has claimed Galway East TD Colm Keaveney would “join the Hizbullah” if he thought it would advance his(...)

Mary Lou McDonald said Adams ‘frontloaded his comments with expressions of understanding and sympathy’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein Vice President, Mary Lou McDonald yesterday moved to play down the controversy over comments made by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adam about th(...)

Charles Haughey with Neil Blaney in 1970 at the Arms Trial.

It has taken a long time for the truth to emerge but the finding of the Smithwick Tribunal that someone in Dundalk Garda station colluded with the IRA(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commisoner Martin Callinan speaking about the report of the Smithwick Tribunal in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The finding by the Smithwick Tribunal that at least one member of the Garda Síochána most likely colluded with the IRA in the killing of two members o(...)

Mr Justice Peter Smithwick’s report is unlikely to change anything fundamental. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on those who would harm us.” George Orwell’s observation, as paraphrased by Ric(...)

Former South African President Nelson Mandela speaks after being conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at the University of Galway in 2003
Not just a symbol

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

File image from June 2008   of (foreground, left to right) Dublin’s then deputy lord mayor Anne Carter, Dr Kader Asmal and former Dunnes worker Mary Manning, kneeling next to a plaque commemorating a group of supermarket workers who staged a two-and-a-half year anti-apartheid strike in the 1980s, as it was unveiled in central Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

Former Garda sergeant Owen Corrigan who rejected the tribunal’s finding that he had “an inappropriate relationship with the Provisional IRA”. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Former Garda detective sergeant Owen Corrigan has rejected the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal which concluded he had an inappropriate relationship(...)

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