James O Reilly

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From left, sisters Philomena Connors, Helen O’Donoghue, Anne O’Reilly, Bridget O’Reilly, Mary Moran, Margaret Hutchinson and Kathleen O’Driscoll leaving court after their father was jailed for 20 years for their abuse. Photograph: Collins Courts

“The function of freedom is to free somebody else” This quote from African-American feminist Toni Morrison has particular resonance for the O’Reilly(...)

James O’Reilly’s eldest daughter Helen O’Donoghue: She, her sisters and aunt believe they were ‘let down’ by a number of agencies as they were Travellers. Photograph: Alan Place

Child protection services were involved with a Traveller family “over a long period” from the mid-1980s, while the father was raping, beating and star(...)

Helen O’Donoghue: Her family were in wagons and tents next to a national school in west Dublin. No one asked why the children were not in school. Photograph: Alan Place

Helen O’Donoghue (51) was four when her father started molesting her. She was eight when he first raped her – at a bog near Thurles, Co Tipperary. Sh(...)

Shauna Keogh: “Still, when it came to applying for college courses”. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

“The men of the Smoky Mountains were hunting for ginseng. Deep in the Appalachian range in the US, they do this work because it is lucrative. But, eve(...)

EU Court of Justice has ruled that the notification of intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the effect of suspending the application of EU law in that member state.  Photograph: PA

The Supreme Court will decide next week whether an Irishman has effectively lost his battle to prevent his extradition to the UK on the basis of Brexi(...)

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga of the improper telephone tapping of journalists Geraldine Kennedy and Bruce Arnold, by the Garda Síochána on the instructions of the Haughe(...)

Enda Kenny’s decision to reappoint Senator James Reilly as deputy leader of Fine Gael is one of a number of moves that undermined his position in recent weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The transfer of power in Britain this week was so elegant in the end. After a fortnight of viciousness, back-stabbing, blood-letting and absurdity wit(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Dáil finally got a legislative programme. In the days after the general election there was much talk about the need for a programme for (...)

The former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews,  who now leads the team at the development aid charity Goal.

For many former deputies the real impact only kicks in several days after losing their seats. The numerous counts that are a feature of our electora(...)

From left: Independent TDs Boxer Moran Seán Canney, Shane Ross and Micheal Fitzmaurice pictured at government buildings. The suggestion that some of the Independents could be part of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil dominated government is creative.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After 40 days and 40 nights of “government formation for slow learners” we have finally got to the intensive stage of real engagement between the two (...)

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