Trio advance after drab encounters

Jun 26, 2016

Trio advance after drab encounters

The quarterfinal lineup at the European Championship started to take shape on Saturday after three drab matches that will live forever in the record books but not in the memory. The start of the round of 16 saw Poland, Portugal and Wales make it ...

Feb 11, 2016

Northern Ireland rejects bid to relax abortion law

The Northern Ireland regional assembly voted against relaxing strict abortion laws on Wednesday, despite a ruling by the Belfast High Court that the legislation breaches human rights. After a debate that ran to almost midnight, members of the Stormont Assembly voted 59-40 against a ...

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused  of covering up IRA child rape

Oct 17, 2014

Sinn Fein chief Adams accused of covering up IRA child rape

Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA ...

Aug 22, 2014

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. His eldest son, Philip, said he ...

May 11, 2014

Northern Ireland can't have peace and justice


The bleak truth is that the closest Northern Ireland will get to reconciling irreconcilable principles left over from the Troubles will be to combine a policy of no prosecutions with a tribunal to uncover the truth — along the lines of South Africa's post-apartheid ...

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

May 5, 2014

Old crimes rock fragile N. Ireland peace

Major cracks are appearing in the deal that brought peace to Northern Ireland, and there appears to be no easy fix. Last Wednesday, police investigating an unsolved 1972 murder arrested Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams, whose Sinn Fein party was for decades the political ...