The arrest today of a man in connection with the alleged kidnapping of six-year-old Mary Boyle in 1977 has brought the case of Ireland’s youngest ever disappeared back into the public spotlight. Stephen Rogers chronicles the background to the case.


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Fears about the traditional family unit are born of propaganda

A referendum on gay marriage won't pass easily even though it affects the happiness and security of thousands in our society, writes Fergus Finlay.



KPMG decision ‘cannot be put off forever’

A High Court judge has strongly criticised the continuing failure over months to make a decision whether accountancy firm KPMG should, in its capacity as former auditors to Irish Nationwide Building Society, be sued as a co-defendant in separate actions by State-owned IBRC against Michael Fingleton and other former directors of the society over €6bn losses.

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Fashion & Beauty

The good, the bland and the ugly in fashion this autumnBy Annmarie O’Connor

Food & Drink

Chefs reveal what they keep in their fridgeBy Joe McNamee

Health & Life

Mental health manual, a must-have tool for parents of teenagersBy Rita de Brun

Home & Interiors

Bask in reflected glory with a quality mirrorBy Carol O’Callaghan


Walt Disney made dreams come true for south-west tourismBy Donal Hickey

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Shrek the Musical: Keeping a monster show on the road


Walk of the Week: Stepping out in the footsteps of Finbarr at Gougane Barra, Co Cork