Frank O’Donoghue QC. He  represented  former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding, who was acquitted after a rape trial in Belfast.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

People accused of rape should not receive anonymity before conviction unless they are likely to suffer “exceptional” reputational damage, the barriste(...)

 Rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding have had their contracts revoked by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

No less than other celebrities, be they sporting or otherwise, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding enjoyed some of the trappings and attention that came w(...)

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape last week.

Northern Ireland’s Lord Chief Justice has ordered that a media application to lift reporting restrictions on the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuar(...)

The four accused in the rape trial of Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of all charges

After 42 days, 30 witnesses, two snow storms, one Six Nations and three hours and 40 minutes of jury deliberations, the accused were acquitted on all (...)

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding

The jury in the Belfast rape trial of Ireland Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding has been asked how a man with no history of violenc(...)

Ulster and Ireland rugby player Stuart Olding arrives at Laganside Magistrates court on Tuesday. Stuart Olding is charged with two counts of rape. Paddy Jackson is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. Photograph: Pacemaker

Courtroom 12, where Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are on trial accused of rape, is on the top floor of Laganside Co(...)

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding arrives at Belfast Crown Court on February 5th: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The rape trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding resumed on Tuesday with evidence from officers from the PSNI’s Rape(...)

River walk by the Clashawley river at Fethard, Co. Tipperary, with Watergate Bridge and medieval town walls in the background

“A river,” says Terry Cunningham of Fethard Historical Society, “is not just a big drain.” How we manage our rivers depends to a considerable degree (...)

Versatile entertainer: Percy French

If local history is about anything it is about lives lived, and in this sense it overlaps with biography. Berrie O’Neill’s Tones That Are Tender: Perc(...)

Handout  photo from 2011 of murdered republican Kevin McGuigan with his grandson Ollie. File photograph: Family handout/PSNI/PA Wire

A man arrested by police investigating the murder of ex-IRA member Kevin McGuigan twice tried to escape with a loaded gun, the High Court heard on Tue(...)

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