Inside job: Andy Monaghan, the Dublin-born Governor of Wormwood Scrubs prison. ‘You can’t be a pessimist in this role.’  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien
Governor of the Scrubs

In the 1990s, Dubliner Gary Monaghan applied for a job in the UK’s prison service ‘for the interview practice’. Now he runs one o(...)

A dancer competing in the World Irish Dancing Championships in London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Some 5,000 competitors take part in 44th World Irish Dancing Championships

Lakenheath, England: A United States F-15E Strike Eagle is taxied prior to departure from RAF Lakenheath. Photograph: Getty Images

Lakenheath in Suffolk is keeping a close eye on developments in eastern Europe

The principal ambition of the trials is to grow an omega-3-rich plant that can be used to feed farmed fish

Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire, headed by Irishman, will start trials, likely to be controversial, in coming weeks

A trident submarine makes its way out from Faslane naval base in Scotland. Scottish first minister Alex Salmond  said the British government’s long-standing plan to spend £100 billion on a replacement for the Trident missiles is obscene. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Expulsion of Trident nuclear base would not be acceptable, say former army and navy officers

The decision to abandon negotiations on the project, which has featured strongly in the local and European Parliament election campaign, comes before a protest march planned in Dublin tomorrow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Deal founders as UN scientists call for a rapid switch to renewable energy

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond delivers his speech at the Scottish National Party spring conference in Aberdeen. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Leader of Scottish nationalists attempts to woo Labour supporters to vote Yes in referendum

President Michael D Higgins and  Queen Elizabeth  before the banquet held at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: Britain and Ireland are delighted with the successful State visit

President Michael D Higgins speaks at the Guildhall in Coventry during the final part of his state visit to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President reflects on positives of four-day state visit

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