Garda headquarters said on Monday it ‘continues to be concerned about the activity of persons who are sharing information on social media’.

The online reaction to the murder of Tullamore schoolteacher Ashling Murphy last week followed a grim and familiar pattern. As thousands used social (...)

Pascal Wrenn outside Pascal Coffee House in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Be careful about what you read on restaurant review sites, especially this summer. Let us take the example of one remarkably picky customer. In the pa(...)

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Activist Gemma O’Doherty has opposed what she says is a “spurious and outrageous” application by Dublin’s Beaumont hospital for an injunction requirin(...)

 Gemma O’Doherty, pictured last year outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital is seeking High Court injunctions against activist Gemma O’Doherty over three “clearly defamatory” videos posted on the int(...)

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters last year  sought to challenge emergency legislation  introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Collins Courts

Aodhan O’Faolain The Court of Appeal has ruled that John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty must pay the legal costs of their failed appeal over a refusal to(...)

Jean Murray, at her home in Ratoath with her dogs, Heidi, Slinky and Storm: Murray is part of the growing number of Irish people who subscribe to conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and its vaccines. Photograph: Alan Betson

In March 2020, mother-of-three Jean Murray was posting tips on how to combat the spread of Covid-19 which had just arrived in Ireland. “Open all your(...)

One conspiracy inevitably leads to another, and ultimately ends with a belief that everything is orchestrated by a shadowy cabal involving the Illuminati, or lizard people or, frequently, if they are anti-Semitic, “the Jews”

Mocking conspiracy theories (and there are a lot of them around at the moment) is tempting, but it doesn’t work. To change minds you must challenge(...)

Sean McKenna and Charles and Andrew Hendy of The  Mary Wallopers in the cottage/barn near Dundalk where they live and run traditional music Youtube gigs. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two Mary Wallopers take their laptop for a walk to show me where this interview is taking place. They’re in a newly created room above the barn behind(...)

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arrive at the at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Judgment in John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty’s appeal, against a refusal to permit them to challenge the constitutionality of laws introduced in respon(...)

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arriving at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new year in the Four Courts will see some key judgments, including one which publicans hope will aid their survival rather than mean closing time,(...)

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