Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as she arrives for the reconvening of the 33rd Dáil Eireann. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

When the van arrived at the prison gates in Co Roscommon it was carrying three men. One was a Sinn Féin TD at the time, Martin Ferris. They pulled up(...)

Lisa Smith in BBC news interview: plans  to extract the suspected Isis supporter from a camp two months ago were  rejected

The Government rejected a plan from the Defence Forces to bring Irish-born suspected Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith home from Syria two months ago(...)

The Defence Forces cannot recruit new personnel quickly enough to replace those who are opting out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I would have loved to have stayed in the Army but I just couldn’t afford to,” said one former soldier who opted out last year. “It was really all I (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan inspects a guard of honour at the official opening of the new Kevin Street Garda station  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has defended the vetting process the incoming Garda commissioner Drew Harris faced amid concern that State secur(...)