Jean Mcconville

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Noeline Blackwell and Angela McCarthy, chief executive and head of clinical services at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, arriving at Oireachtas Committee hearing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parents who received a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality have said the Eighth Amendment brutalises and abuses women in their circumstances. Ger(...)

Ivor Bell: faces two counts of soliciting the IRA abduction and killing of Belfast mother Jean McConville in 1972. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Prosecutors intend to proceed with legal action involving a veteran republican charged in connection with the IRA’s murder of Jean McConville, a lawye(...)

Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The arresting sentence in the last chapter of Malachi O’Doherty’s Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life reads, “Gerry Adams is one of the most successful(...)

 David Bolton has written a book examining the  mental health impact of the Troubles. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Traumatic experiences have afflicted the lives of more than 210,000 people in Northern Ireland, says David Bolton, a 61-year-old retired social worker(...)

When Billy McConville was aged six, the IRA abducted his widowed mother, Jean, murdered her, and secretly buried her body

Billy McConville, who has died after a short illness, was a survivor of two of the North’s greatest horrors. When he was aged six, the IRA abducted hi(...)

The coffin of Billy McConville, son of IRA murder victim Jean McConville, is taken from St Paul’s Parish Church, Belfast following his funeral service. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The findings of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry must be implemented immediately, a priest has urged at the funeral of Billy McConvill(...)

Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin are unlikely to be the party leaders heading up the coalition – but anything is possible. Picture: Oisin McHugh/FusionShooters

The unspeakable has entered conversation in a most casual manner. So far, it comes in asides and afterthoughts, but not yet as serious discussion. How(...)

Ivor Bell (80) is charged in connection with the IRA murder of Jean McConville. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Medical reports are not yet ready on a veteran republican charged in connection with the IRA murder of Jean McConville, a court in Belfast has heard. (...)

Austin Stack (left), son of Brian Stack, confronts Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams during a  press conference.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Austin Stack, whose father Brian was killed by the Provisional IRA in 1983, said last week he was “quite confident” he knew the identity of the “indiv(...)

Austin Stack (left), son of Brian Stack, a prison officer murdered in 1983, confronts Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (right) during a Sinn Féin press conference at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

This is hardly the first time Gerry Adams’s past has erupted into uncomfortable questions and unwelcome headlines for Sinn Féin. But few controversie(...)

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