Former  Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial two months ago. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A retired judge reviewing how sexual violence court cases are dealt with by the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland has warned “the hammer of (...)

Richard Lynch at the launch of  University Concert Hall panto, Beauty and the Beast at King Johns Castle, Limerick. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media.

Gardaí ordered not to participate in strike action Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has ordered all members of the force not to take part in plan(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair  at a news conference in London on Wednesday, following the damning report by Sir John Chilcot.  Blair voiced “sorrow, regret and apology” for those killed in Iraq, but said he acted in good faith and did not regret toppling Saddam Hussein. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, following the publication yesterday of a devastating report by Sir John Chilc(...)