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Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, once a legend now a shrinking man of 84.

Besides being a convicted murderer, James “Whitey” Bulger is an avowed racist and misogynist, pontificating on how the races should not mix and how w(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger (front, R) listens to the verdict in his murder and racketeering trial as seen in this courtroom drawing in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

James “Whitey” Bulger, once the most-wanted gangster in America, protected by the premier law enforcement agency in America, was convicted of racketee(...)

Courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis (right), brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James “Whitey” Bulger (centre) as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger’s former partner Stephen Flemmi (behind right) identified him as a drug user and informant. Photograph: AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

Lawyers for Whitey Bulger, the Boston gangster, today begin the Herculean task of rebutting a mountain of evidence that shows he murdered 19 people an(...)

An artist’s impression of Stevie “The Rifleman” Flemmi on the witness stand in James Whitey Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial. Image: Jane Collins/Reuters

It was a subtle distinction, for a psychopath. “I loved her,” Stevie “The Rifleman” Flemmi said of his onetime girlfriend, Debbie Davis, a sparkling b(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger holds John Martorano’s youngest son, John jnr, during his christening ceremony. Photograph: Reuters/US Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts

The second week of the trial of south Boston underworld boss Whitey Bulger began with the unnerving, dispassionate testimony of an admitted murderer o(...)

Jackie Bulger (centre), brother of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, leaves the US federal courthouse at the conclusion of the first day of the trial in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

John McIntyre was working as an informant for US law enforcement agencies following an arrest for drink-driving when James “Whitey” Bulger lured him t(...)

Despite impressing for the Queensland Reds against the Lions, Quade Cooper has failed to make the Wallabies squad for the Lions series. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Robbie Deans cannot be accused of not giving Quade Cooper his chances over the course of his six-year reign. But once Cooper compounded his misfiring (...)

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