John Lonergan

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 Rosaleen McDonagh   ran for the Seanad in 2002 and 2007. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

A former Seanad candidate has described the “absolutely derogatory” abuse she received when she put herself forward for election. Traveller activist (...)

Kristen O’Reilly (far right) with her siblings Nicola, Lorraine, Keith, Nora and Michelle

Kristen O’Reilly often wonders if her father John Martin was whistling as he went about his work that day. He whistled a lot. He was missing when she (...)

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Not long after it was first broadcast, in 1997, the four-part documentary The Joy received a fascinating review from an unlikely quarter. “We didn’t n(...)

John Lonergan will speak at Men’s Health seminar at the Royal College of Surgeons, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Men’s health John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison; Prof Niall Moyna from the Department of Health and Human Performance at Dublin City U(...)

Seamus Heaney at his old primary school, Anahorish, Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Bobbie Hanvey

The diverse voices from John Quinn’s radio programmes now speak to us from the printed page; each describes a special place. Childhood experiences lea(...)

Mannix Flynn: “You can trace most of the adult criminals in Ireland at the moment into [these] institutions.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Locked up in St Patrick’s from 1973 to 1976, the artist and politician Mannix Flynn describes it as part of the “gulag of Irish institutions” that pro(...)

 Stephen Doyle, working to help ex-convicts go straight, at their centre in Aungier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last December, figures were published showing that almost half of all released prisoners reoffended within three years. The inevitable demands for dra(...)

Take me to this River: Nicola Walker and Stellan Skarsgard in the most intriguing crime drama on TV this year

It’s rare that the final episode of a drama is as brilliant as the first, but everything about River (BBC One, Tuesday) this week is pitch perfect. T(...)

Anti-water charges protesters  gathered in  Nenagh  on Saturday, August 8th, 2015,  and walked to the offices of Minister for Environment Alan Kelly (above),  where they chanted anti-government slogans. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 200 people attended a protest against water charges in Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Saturday afternoon. The protest, organised by the Nenagh & D(...)

Tom Woulfe: an inveterate letters page warrior. Photograph: Pat Langan

Tom Woulfe, who has died aged 99, was best known as one of the founding fathers of the modern GAA. Although he was a man who was in many ways slow to (...)

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