At present the main role of An Garda Síochána is in investigating crime. Yet it also has primary responsibility for national security

The possibility of a non-national being appointed Garda commissioner has already prompted debate among An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces as to (...)

100 years ago this week L-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney,  won the VC for an extraordinary act of endurance.

One hundred years ago this week Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney, Co Laois won the Victoria Cross (VC) for an extraordinary act of endurance. H(...)

Malachi O’Doherty signing copies of his book Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The arresting sentence in the last chapter of Malachi O’Doherty’s Gerry Adams – An Unauthorised Life reads, “Gerry Adams is one of the most successful(...)

State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan told the Special Criminal Court today that four individuals were before the court to be charged.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Two men have appeared before an out-of-term sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly. Th(...)

A bullet-riddled minibus in South Armagh after 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA in January 1976. File photograph: PA Wire

Families of those killed in the Kingsmill ambush are being played a “record of false assurances” by authorities in the Republic, their barrister has c(...)

 Dome of Church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners, on Rathmines Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s fairly well known by now that the architect of the Russian revolution, Lenin, spoke English with a “Rathmines accent”: the influence of a tutor f(...)

Martti Ahtisaari delivering the Iveagh House lecture at the Department of Foreign Affairs in   Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Growing isolationism in the US has left Europe a responsibility to assume a greater role on the world stage, former Finnish president and internationa(...)

Nine items of Nazi memorabilia will go on auction as part of Whyte’s The Eclectic Collector auction on Saturday

A Dublin auction house has defended its right to sell Nazi memorabilia despite an objection from the son of a holocaust survivor. Nine items of Nazi(...)

Irish-language campaigners dressed in crocodile costumes outside a DUP MLA’s office in Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

As long as there was an IRA campaign of violence on this island, there was a large section of the Catholic nationalist community, North and South, who(...)

In fear of assassination: Sean O’Callaghan in London in 2013. Photograph: Andrew Testa/New York Times

Sean O’Callaghan Born: October 10th, 1954 Died: August 23rd, 2017 Sean O’Callaghan lived in fear that his former IRA colleagues or dissident republic(...)