Mark Hennessy

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Garda training: Many armed gardaí go their entire careers without firing or even drawing their weapons. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Accidental discharges account for almost a third of all Garda firearms use in the past five years. Since 2016 armed gardaí have fired their weapons o(...)

Survey finds the ‘neither’ category remains the largest of the three identities. Photograph: iStock

There was a significant strengthening of identity among nationalists in Northern Ireland in the run-up to the UK’s exit from the EU, according to rese(...)

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly back in existence, the Northern Executive is riven with tensions over the battle against Covid-19, with Sinn Féin Ministers accused of ganging u(...)

Ana Kriégel’s body   was found in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin, in May 2018. Photograph: Family handout/PA

May 2018 seemed like a particularly bad time to be female in Ireland. As the country prepared to vote to abolish the constitutional ban on abortion at(...)

Carol Connors holds a photograph of her daugher Anne Marie who died of a drug overdose in supported accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two children were alone with their mother’s body overnight and most of the following day in their homeless accommodation in south Dublin last year, it(...)

Former INM chief executive Gavin O’Reilly, who says that when he learned recently which of his emails had been compromised by the hacking, he felt ‘sick and disgusted’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sensitive private information relating to divorce proceedings, children’s welfare and the personal finances of the former chief executive officer of I(...)

Peter Heathwood  at the Long Gallery in Stormont’s Parliament Buildings.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

What happened to Peter Heathwood – one of the campaigners for a pension for those seriously injured in the Troubles – is almost a “tale of Gothic horr(...)

Sinead McSweeney and her son Séamus follow the remains of  husband and father Noel Whelan at the Church of the Holy Name in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political commentator and barrister Noel Whelan was a “force in the world” who “never wasted a day”, his funeral Mass has heard. Sinéad McSweeney des(...)

Mark Hennessy: shot dead by gardaí in Co Dublin last year.

A full inquest into the death of Mark Hennessy, who abducted and killed Jastine Valdez in Co Wicklow, will take place later this year. Mr Hennessy (4(...)

Alliance candidate Naomi Long during the party’s manifesto launch for the European Election 2019 at CIYMS in Belfast on Tuesday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has seen false dawns before, moments when it believed that long-rigid tectonic plates could finally be beginning to (...)

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