Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he would not use his contacts with the IRA to help in the investigation into Tom Oliver’s murder because of his experience with the Stack family. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said jailing the IRA killers of Tom Oliver would be “totally and absolutely counterproductive”. Mr Adams said he disa(...)

Police in the North are facing serious questions over their handling of an investigation into the anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. File photograph: iStockphoto

Police in Northern Ireland are facing serious questions over their handling of an investigation into the alleged anonymous Twitter accounts of PSNI of(...)

US president Donald Trump rose to power on the votes of those who are at the bottom and see power as the ability to kick others in the face in your own favour. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

When Steve Bannon got his walking papers as head of White House strategy from Donald Trump, it was seen by Washington commentators as a victory for th(...)

The LÉ Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire

An Australian company has drawn up designs to convert the State’s former Naval Service patrol ship Aisling into a luxury “superyacht”. The proposed r(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney:  said the Government was planning to introduce legislation that would allow gardaí  give  evidence to the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill massacre in Armagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians must “make things happen” if there is to be any prospect of restoring Stormont, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said in Armagh (...)

Ben Brosnan beside the smashed Civil War Monument at Talbot’s Bridge in Knocknagoshel: such actions invite a simplistic, polarised narrative of conflicts and aftermaths, and create amnesia about how myths were fashioned.   Photograph: John Reidy

In the midst of controversies over the legacy of the American civil war and the fate of monuments to that conflict, it was reported last week that the(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

Ex-IRA member and Garda informant Sean O’Callaghan being escorted from the High Court in 1998. Photograph: Charlie Collins

IRA informer turned author Seán O’Callaghan has died aged 63. It is understood the convicted republican killer died while swimming in a pool in Jamaic(...)

Capt Peter Kelleher reading the Proclamation at the GPO, Dublin, last year. Photograph: Maxwells

Hovering around the very successful 1916 centenary commemorations last year was a silent paradox. The celebration of Irish sovereignty was f(...)

Ben Brosnan beside the smashed Civil War Monument at Talbot’s Bridge in Knocknagoshel. Photograph: John Reidy

An attack on a Co Kerry Civil War monument to five soldiers killed in a booby-trap bomb set off by Anti-Treaty forces has been condemned by politicia(...)