The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A prisoner who claimed another prisoner, a former garda, asked to be assaulted in an effort to be transferred to an open prison has lost his appeal ov(...)

Former garda Stephen Cooper was jailed for three years for a string of offences. Photograph: Collins Courts.

When is an assault not an assault? It’s generally accepted that a two footed tackle in a football match doesn’t count as assault. Similarly, if you (...)

 Former garda Stephen Cooper: he was attacked and beaten by another prisoner in Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the question of whether someone can consent to being assaulted in a case which could have implicatio(...)

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey celebrates with supporters at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Belfast North The DUP’s Paula Bradley was elected following the elimination of running-mate Nelson McCausland. “He is a massive loss,” she said after(...)

Former DUP minister Jonathan Bell  is standing for re-election as an independent unionist. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

All eyes will be on the Strangford constituency in the upcoming Assembly election to see how rebel politician Jonathan Bell does against his old part(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Strangford – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is anxious to win back the party’s second seat it dropped when David McNarry defected to Ukip after the las(...)

The funeral of 39-year-old Declan McGlinchey, son of the late Irish National Liberation Army leader Dominic McGlinchey, who died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday has taken place in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Pacemaker.

The funeral of 39-year-old Declan McGlinchey who died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday has taken place in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Mr McGlinchey is t(...)

Jim Shannon of the DUP on the election trail: he has a particular interest in “protecting Christians” who face “persecution across the world”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

When Jim Shannon looks out at Strangford Lough the day after the general election there is a strong chance he will have been comfortably returned to (...)

Former garda Stephen Cooper arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former garda who perverted the course of justice on two occasions and admitted having cocaine for sale or supply has been remanded in custody(...)