Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan suggested ‘Danny Boy, some Thomas Moore pieces, and anything else which the Garda Band would deem appropriate’ as suitable music for the RIC event, according to internal emails.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice knew there were likely to be “sensitivities” around their plan for a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) an(...)

Cathal Crowe (Fianna Fáil) celebrates with his son Sam after being elected at the Co Clare Count at the falls Hotel, Ennistymon on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe who has become a TD for the first time in Clare has said his objection to the Government’s Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) c(...)

RIC men on wait on an unidentified  station platform.

What is this week’s commemoration controversy about? The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan had proposed to host a commemoration service for member(...)

 Black & Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.

The Irish rebel song Come Out Ye Black And Tans has topped the iTunes charts in the UK and Ireland, following a row over a planned commemoration of th(...)

The Government’s approach to the event commemorating the RIC, an approach led by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, was far too complacent. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The furore that led the Government to defer the planned State event to remember the policemen who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the official opening of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The prospect of a united Ireland had been pushed back and reconciliation undermined by the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) commemoration controversy, T(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the decision to  commemorate the RIC and DMP. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is “disappointed” at the decision of some figures to boycott the official commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabu(...)

Members of the Black and Tans, the armed auxiliary force of the Royal Irish Constabulary, search an Irish civilian suspect. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images.

The poignant last letter of former Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) officer who was executed by the IRA for being a spy has been released as part of the(...)

Members of the Auxillary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary. This force was first conceived in 1919 as a cadre of British officers supporting the RIC against the IRA

The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were the front line of the British government’s war against the IRA between 1919 and 1921. As a result, policemen m(...)

The faded headstone to constable James McDonnell of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who was killed during the Soloheadbeg ambush, states that he died in the line of duty. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The two victims of the Soloheadbeg ambush of January 21st, 1919 were constables James McDonnell and Patrick O’Connell of the Royal Irish Constabulary.(...)

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