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Jean McConville (left) pictured with three of her children shortly before she disappeared in 1972. Photograph: Pacemaker

The police case against a veteran republican charged in connection with the notorious IRA murder of Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville is bas(...)

Vincent “Vinny” Asaro, the reported head of the Bonanno crime family, is escorted by FBI agents out of a New York federal building yesterday.

Several organised crime figures have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into a series of unsolved crimes, including the infamous 1978 Lu(...)

Philosopher Richard Kearney: “When a wound goes underground and isn’t spoken about, it’s acted out – very often through violence, through alcoholism, through depression, through suicide.”

Sitting in the university town of Strasbourg near the French-German border, philosopher Richard Kearney is preparing for the last in a series of Europ(...)

Marty Walsh at his election-night rally following his victory in Boston. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

Bonfires are expected to be lit in Connemara next Spring when new mayor of Boston Marty Walsh fulfils a promise to visit the place he regards as a sec(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: denies he was a senior IRA figure at the time of the murder of Jean McConville in 1972 and that he ordered her disappearance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is again the subject of claims he was involved in the killing and secret burial of Jean McConville in 1972.However, th(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr  Federico Lombardi: “This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory.” Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy See yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” weekend Irish media reports that Pope Francis might nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Responding t(...)

A studio portrait of Roger Casement. Casement  was hanged for treason after trying to land a large shipment of German arms at Banna Strand near Tralee in 1916.

A conference of international scholars to “examine and interrogate” the global legacy of Roger Casement is taking place this week in Tralee, Co Kerry.(...)

 Jean McConville  with three of her children shortly before she disappeared in 1972. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

There are voices and they talk about the death of Jean McConville. It may not matter. After two years of legal proceedings in the US, a set of audiota(...)

General Motors Corp headquarters  in the background of a  Detroit street. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP

When Detroit declared bankruptcy, or at least tried to – the legal situation has gotten complicated – I know that I wasn’t the only economist to have (...)

 Gerry Adams: tried to get an answer from Enda Kenny on the banks, but he didn’t get very far. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil dozed fitfully yesterday, flaked out on democracy’s doorstep like a dog in the afternoon sun. Think the usual Tuesday torpor, only dulled dow(...)

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