Archbishop John Charles McQuaid with then taoiseach John A Costello and (standing behind) Costello’s ADC, Mick Byrne. Costello told the Dáil: “I, as a Catholic, obey my church authorities and will continue to do so . . . There will be no flouting of the authority of the bishops in the matter of Catholic social or moral teaching.”

The preoccupations of the Irish Catholic hierarchy in the early years of the State were the twin and related evils of company-keeping and danci(...)

Kieran McLoughlin (centre), president and chief executive of The American Ireland Fund, with from left, delegates Caitlin McCormick (New York), Reilly O’Connor (Washington DC),  Jennifer Carroll (Dublin) and John Travers (Dublin) at the The Ireland Funds Inaugural Global Young Leaders Forum held in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park in June 2010. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The US State Department’s prolific communications department is proof of the influence that the United States aims to have on world affairs. It(...)

Derk Sauer: “The IRA went from freedom movement to terror movement. Now I am totally opposed to violence”

A Dutch media baron with substantial publishing interests in Russia has revealed how, as a 19-year-old would-be journalist in search of a story(...)

Informer says he was promised anonymity for ‘Prime Time’ programme on drugs-smuggling

More than 4½ years after it began probing the Garda’s use of drug dealer and informer Kieran Boylan, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission s(...)

Oliver and Austin Stack, sons of Brian Stack, the only prison officer to be assassinated in the Republic, after they met Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The sons of murdered prison officer Brian Stack held a “productive and forthright” meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams i(...)

A file photo of Brian Shivers who has been acquitted of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland. Photograph: PA

Brian Shivers has been found not guilty of the 2009 Real IRA murders of British soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey. At Belfast Cr(...)

RUC personnel in Omagh after the bomb explosion in 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Omagh bomb could have been prevented had intelligence services on both sides of the Border shared crucial information in the run-up to the (...)

A hunger strike protest on the Falls Road in 1981.

Two key republican figures remained in deep dispute last night about the content of Thatcher Foundation archive papers (...)

Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

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