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Former police ombudsman for Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan: ‘If there is an allegation that a paedophile ring has been operating in Enniskillen then this needs to be investigated.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Claims of widespread historical sex abuse in Co Fermanagh “require current investigation” by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), according (...)

Paul Whitters’s football boots, which are part of the Pat Finucane Centre’s exhibition In Their Footsteps. Photograph: Pat Finucane Centre

If there’s one thing Helen Whitters knows for certain, it’s that her son Paul would have had a family. “Knowing the type of boy he was, I’m sure he w(...)

 Drew Harris, the new Garda Commissioner at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Incoming Garda Commissioner Drew Harris made a point of bringing a copy of the Patten Commission report with him when interviewed by The Irish Times l(...)

Victims advocate Marie Collins (right) with Prof Gabriel Dy-Liacco of the  pontifical commission for the protection of minors (left) at  the World Meeting of Families at the RDS in Dublin last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

With a few exceptions, Christianity is slowly dying in the developed world. There are lots of reasons but the failure by the Catholic Church worldwide(...)

Nuala O’Loan,the former  police ombudsman for Northern Ireland  Photograph: Irish Times

The North’s former police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan has stated her “firm” belief that the Omagh bombing could have been prevented. Ms O’Loan on(...)

In a film shown in Belfast on Wednesday, Dolours Price said she regarded the killings of the Disappeared as a war crime.  File photograph: Pacemaker

A new film screened in Belfast for the first time on Wednesday night provides a chilling account of how one of the Disappeared Jean McConville was abd(...)

Gregory Peck as attorney Atticus Finch, who says: ‘Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.’ Image: AP Photo

Many Junior Cycle students preparing for their State exams will be revising To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. At a crucial point, Scout says to he(...)

 Emma Rogan, daughter of murdered man Adrian Rogan, speaks on behalf of  Loughinisland massacre relatives at Belfast High Court this month. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The families of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre and nationalist politicians have welcomed a judge’s decision to excuse himself from a case (...)

Emma Rogan, whose father Adrian Rogan was killed in the 1994 Loughinisland pub shooting, alongside solicitor Niall Murphy outside Belfast’s High Court following Friday’s hearing. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A judge who ruled that a damning report into the Loughinisland atrocity was unlawful is to step aside from the case – despite rejecting claims he coul(...)

The six men killed in O’Toole’s Bar in Loughinisland, Co Down, in 1994: (Top) Adrian Rogan (34), Barney Green (87), Don McCreanor (59); (bottom) Eamonn Byrne (39), Patsy O’Hare (34) and Malcolm Jenkinson (53).

Next Friday morning, a group, mostly men, mostly late middle-aged, hope and expect to hear a ruling from Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey in the Royal Cou(...)

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