Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher speaks to the media in Belfast to give an update on the Stakeknife investigation.Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“If I wanted to be popular I would have got a Labrador, ” said Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher who is leading an investigation into one of t(...)

The PSNI is most accountable police service in the European Union.

For those engaged in the negotiations leading up to the Belfast Agreement, the future of policing was a central, but seemingly intractable problem. A(...)

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(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes said the Garda Inspectorate’s 2015 report “Changing Policing in Ireland” had not yet been acted upon.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A former member of the Patten Commission on policing reform in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for the “root-and-branch” review of An Garda S(...)

Chris Patten: his report said the RUC should not be disbanded but should be renamed. It proposed a new badge, and that the British union flag should no longer be flown over police buildings

If the Patten Commission was able to reform policing in a bitterly divided society in Northern Ireland – as it did – then there is no reason why simil(...)

The August 15th, 1998, Omagh  bombing took the lives of 29 people and a woman heavily pregnant with unborn twin girls. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In terms of achieving justice the Omagh families have reached “the end of the line”, conceded Michael Gallagher. It is not going to happen. Mr Gallag(...)

The PSNI must hand over files referring to possible criminal and unprofessional behaviour by officers, Nuala O’Loan, Northern Ireland’s former police ombudsman, has said.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The PSNI must hand over files referring to possible criminal and unprofessional behaviour by officers, Nuala O’Loan, Northern Ireland’s first Police O(...)

A file photo dated August 15th, 1998,  of the  damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh. Photograph:   Paul McErlane/PA
Timeline of the Omagh bombing

On August 15 1998 Northern Ireland’s fragile peace was shattered when a dissident republican car bomb ripped through the Co Tyrone market town of Omag(...)