Dolores O’Riordan: described on Morning Ireland as “the lead singer of The Cranberries and mother of three children” as if motherhood conferred a value on her that might be lacking if she was merely a world-famous singer. Photograph: Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

It is a week when the airwaves are dominated by two women, one who has died suddenly, the other whose life was destroyed over 30 years ago, but both o(...)

Joanne Hayes, June 1985. A DNA test carried out late last year into Baby John, who was about five days old and had been dead for two days, proved Ms Hayes could not have been the mother. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A full murder inquiry into the discovery of a baby boy on a beach outside Cahersiveen in Co Kerry more than 30 years ago has begun, following a Garda (...)

DNA profiling allows for certitude when determining the parentage of an individual because DNA is inherited directly from parent to child

Significant advances in DNA technology over the past three decades have made it possible to prove that Joanne Hayes was not the mother of Baby John, w(...)

Joanne Hayes picutred at the Kerry babies tribunal tribunal in 1985. Photograph: Peter Thursfield.

Acting Garda Commissioner Donal O’Cualáin has apologised to Kerry woman Joanne Hayes for her treatment by gardaí over 30 years ago when she was arrest(...)

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal of enquiry into the Kerry babies in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Kerry babies case would be unlikely to happen today. The Ireland of 2018 bears little resemblance to that of 1985, when an 82-day tribunal grippe(...)

Nicky Kelly after he was freed from prison in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

The Garda has been dogged by controversy and scandal over the last number of years in particular. However, controversy has not ever been far from the (...)