Outspoken: neoliberalism “turns out to be a dead end”, says Paul Mason. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Channel 4 News’s outspoken economics editor says capitalism is bust – and the way forward is through co-operation and sharing

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Lughnasa International Friel Festival to take place in Donegal, Derry and Belfast

The coffin of Charles Patrick Evans is carried off a Royal Air Force C-17 military transporter plane at RAF Brize Norton.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/AFP/Getty Images

Three relatives among the 30 British citizens killed in attack on beach at Sousse resort

Paul O’Shea. Photograph: London Metropolitan Police

Paul O’Shea (37) stabbed and beat two men to death in King’s Cross flat

David Cameron waits to greet his Ukrainian counterpart, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at Number 10 Downing Street yesterday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The Greek crisis has invigorated those who want Britain to leave bloc and go it alone

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers: ‘The situation is grave.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Secretary of State emphasised Tory lack of desire to take control of North’s welfare rules

Business secretary Sajid Javid has has cleared the way for employers to use temporary agency workers to replace strikers. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Strikes could not take place in key sectors without approval by 40% of members

An anti-fox hunting protester holds a smoke flare outside the Houses of Parliament in London. The British government has a postponed a vote on fox-hunting until after the summer break. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

DUP bemused at decision to abandon the vote, saying it was prepared to negotiate support for change ‘as long as they’re serious a(...)

Thames House in Millbank, London. The headquarters of MI5 since December 1994.

Exposed British secret service asset alleges that MI5 failed to properly protect him

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Former Labour NI secretary of state spoke at the Sinn Féin-organised gathering in the House of Commons in London

Funeral directors were four times more likely to die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as people never exposed to formaldehyde. Photograph: Getty Images

US study finds exposure to substance used in sector is linked to motor neurone disease

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has already told his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, that London will not tolerate its €1 billion share of the fund being used to offer a bridging loan to Athens. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

British chancellor George Osborne will not allow its €1bn share of the fund being loaned to Athens

Former Ukip MEP Ashley Mote  was jailed for five years for a £400,000  fraud on his European Parliament expenses. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mote sentenced to five years for European Parliament expenses fraud

British prime minister David Cameron: opponents argue he is trying to end the outright ban on fox-hunting by deceit. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Move likely to fuel Conservative demands for greater powers for English MPs

Londoners queue for buses during a Tube drivers strike. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Little sympathy among the 3.5m people left above ground during night services dispute

Welfare cuts contained in the new budget of British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (above, holding budget case), which will reduce payments to large families, will disproportionately hit poor  Catholics, a British Labour MP has claimed. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

North of England Labour MP Helen Goodman questions social consequences of budget

 Justice Lowell Goddard: “The naming of people that have been responsible for the sexual abuse of children or institutions that have been at fault in failing to protect children from abuse, is a core aspect of the inquiry’s function.” Photograph: Home Office/PA Wire

Judge to be given full access to files from public bodies and power to compel witnesses

Welcoming the retreat over full Commons voting rights, DUP leader Nigel Dodds said he was “very pleased”.  “This move demonstrates very clearly the power that relatively small numbers of MPs can have due to the very slim majority enjoyed by this government,” he said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cameron committed to granting stronger voice to English MPs, says spokeswoman

 British prime minister David Cameron congratulates chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne after he delivered his budget yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Wage rises to lower-paid helps mask effects of welfare cuts

 Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivering  his budget to the House of Commons yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Tories take advantage of majority with wage rises for low-paid but also cuts to welfare

A family grieve as they stand next to a memorial to victims of the bus bombing near Tavistock Square in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

7/7 commemorations: 10 years after bombings many families are still picking up pieces

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons following the Greek referendum vote to reject the austerity terms demanded by its international creditors.  Photograph: PA Wire

British chancellor of the exchequer says UK will not contribute to another IMF bailout

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: the Daily Telegraph article claimed she secretly wanted the Conservatives to win the election

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon was victim of ‘significantly misleading’ story during election campaign

Irish ballerina Therese Schweppe, who runs a ballet school in London called Regal Ballet, with some of her pupils at St Christina’s School in St John’s Wood, North London.  Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

When Dubliner Therese Schweppe started her ballet school in London, the response was overwhelming

The trial will start on March 7th next in the Old Bailey in London.

African woman living in Ireland died after procedure in London

London’s gay community is facing a new challenge as men indulging in days-long orgies organised on social media, fuelled by drugs, such as liquid ecstasy, or “G”, in a practice known to doctors as “chemsex”.

Drug-fuelled sexual encounters are gaining popularity via social media

Nicola Sturgeon: “There is no question the great disrespect shown to Scotland in these proposals is likely to have more people asking whether Westminster is capable of representing Scotland’s interests at all.” Photograph:  Tony Kinlan

Sturgeon says English MPs’ extra power could encourage Scottish independence

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

North’s Deputy First Minister says reforms pose danger to Assembly and Executive

Bank Of England governor Mark Carney: “Britain’s attitude to this developing crisis is clear: we hope for the best; but we prepare for the worst.” Photograph: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Uncertainty must be resolved to ensure economic stability in EU, says Mark Carney

An aircraft takes off from Heathrow airport in London. The Airports Commission has said that Heathrow should get a third runway. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Airports Commission recommends London airport should get a third runway by 2030

British prime minister David Cameron at the EU  summit in Brussels. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Leaked diplomatic note reveals British prime minister’s strategy for keeping UK in the EU

Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Merkel describes crisis as the ‘biggest challenge I have seen in my time as chancellor’

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to  EU High Representative Federica Mogherini during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

Cameron makes pitch on membership to leaders in Brussels amid Greek crisis talks

British prime minister David Cameron  and EU Council president Donald Tusk shake hands prior to their meeting ahead of an EU summit at the EU Council in Brussels, June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Julien Warnand/AFP/Getty Images

BBC claims British PM has already backed down on EU demands but No 10 begs to differ

The NHS must shave nearly 2 per cent off its non-wages spending each year over the next five years

NHS needs to look at how money is wasted in order to curb spending

‘The Conservatives’ pre-referendum internal debate, meanwhile, will be coloured, perhaps, poisoned, by the machinations of those who want to replace Cameron, particularly Boris Johnson, or Theresa May.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

New grouping in Conservative party likely to recommend to voters that UK should quit EU

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron looks on as Prince Harry salutes at the unveiling of a memorial to British troops killed in Afghanistan at The National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford, England, on Thursday. Mr Cameron is expected to press ahead next week with plans to reduce the rights of non-English MPs to vote in the House of Commons. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Proposal would reduce voting rights of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs

In March, the Commons European Scrutiny Committee headed by Sir Bill Cash MP (above) issued a highly critical report on the BBC, saying it needs “to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues”. File photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

UK Conservative MPs insist broadcaster’s output on EU vote should be monitored

Blaming past failings inside the Bank of England, Mr Carney said its ultra-traditional governance rules had “weakened the social licence of markets”. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Bank of England governor Carney tells bankers ‘the age of irresponsibility is over’

In the US Alzheimer’s study, published by the American Academy of Neurology, blood samples were taken from 20 people who later developed Alzheimer’s. Photograph: PA

Research could lead to up to a decade’s warning of disease

British Labour Party MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall at the GMB union’s annual conference at Citywest in Dublin. All five are runnning for leadership of the party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Contenders to succeed Ed Miliband go before GMB union at Citywest

 Andy Burnham: won much favour in Liverpool when he helped to bring about an official inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which left 96 people dead: Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn all line out

David Cameron speaking at a press conference at the end of the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

David Cameron yet to decide if ministers will have to quit cabinet if they back No campaign

Victor Nealon was jailed until 2012 when he was released after  it emerged that DNA testing was never carried out on the victim’s clothing

Victor Nealon spent 17 years in jail but was released after decision by Court of Appeal

Tony Lambe, an Irishman living in Birmingham at the time of the Birmingham bombings said “those atrocities were horrendous. So you would nearly want to keep out of the way. Maybe not go to work at all.” Photograph: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images

A book detailing the Catholic Church’s work with emigrants was just launched in London

‘The Tank’ outside the Design Museum in London, part of the ‘New Horizon’ exhibition: Emmett Scanlon’s installation celebrates emerging Irish architects

Ireland is the focus of the ‘New Horizon’ exhibition at London Festival of Architecture

Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB union. “How do you build a family life on zero hours? It’s beyond me. There was an Italian, previously a finance minister who was scratching his head. A Dutch guy with factories in the UK was doing the same.”

Union leader warns of discontent if Cameron’s EU negotiations affect workers

Labour also faces questions about its ability to be a British-wide party in an era of growing nationalism that has put paid to its operations, for now, in Scotland. Photograph: Getty Images

Party left reeling grapples with conundrum: Was it the messenger or was it the message?

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny: said the union’s current position on an EU referendum ‘probably would be just in favour of staying in’. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Ahead of Dublin conference, GMB leader warns of action if workers’ rights affected

Cancer cells: England had the lowest rates of deaths from cancer, though the north of England had sharply higher figures than London and surrounding regions.

Women still more likely to die from heart diseases than any other cause, study finds

Former ‘News of the World’ editor Andy Coulson leaves the High Court in Edinburgh, where he was cleared of committing perjury at the 2010 trial of former socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan after the judge ruled he had no case to answer.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former ‘News of the World’ editor says prosecution was a gross waste of public money

George Osborne, British prime minister David Cameron, Justine Greening and Philip Hammond during prime minister’s question time on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

During the hour there were many moments when politicians held back tears

British prime minister David Cameron: frustration felt towards him – even in EU capitals such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin, where sympathies should be strongest – is deep. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

‘Buoyed’ prime minister returns from whirlwind tour of Europe’s capitals

The Queen announced that  a referendum will be held no later than December 31st, 2017, on  whether Britain – strictly, the UK – should exit the European Union. Photograph:  Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Despite polls showing that most Britons would actually prefer to stay in the EU, the British dislike the concept of ‘Brussels’, ma(...)

Manual workers are the most likely to be off sick, followed by desk-bound workers, the very ones who spend all day sitting at a desk.

London Letter: Hours spent in a seat raises cancer, heart and diabetes risks, study finds

David Cameron being greeted by French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Mr Cameron also met Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Philippe Wojzaer/Reuters

‘We rule nothing out,’ British foreign secretary says of EU negotiations

Prime minister David Cameron, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne and acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman lead fellow members though the central lobby during the state opening of parliament. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Domestic affairs of other member states will affect any debate

Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales (left) during the state opening of parliament, in the House of Lords, London. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Queen’s speech refers to EU vote taking place before the end of 2017

‘In his allies’ eyes, David Cameron enjoys unprecedented political capital: his domestic sceptics have been silenced; and his European Union counterparts have had to hold their tongues, too, because he has done what many of them cannot.’ Above,  Cameron with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker before the Eastern Partnership Summit session in Riga, Latvia, last week. Photograph: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Mark Hennessy: ‘United front on display from the Conservatives will face challenges long before the text of the bill clearing the (...)

 English fans chant in Lansdowne Road during the abandoned international from February 1995. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

Those banned must surrender passports and sign in at police stations on match day

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister David Cameron at Chequers in southern England on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Suzanne Plunkett

British PM moves fast to open talks with EU leaders on UK membership terms

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning economist and professor of economics at Columbia University,. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Nobel-prize winning economist blames failure of political leadership for reign of austerity

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: ‘Trade did lead to more inequality.’ Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Nobel-winning economist criticises negotiations to agree new EU-US trade deal

Total war: German soldiers taken prisoner by American forces during the Battle of the Bulge. Photograph: Office of War Information/US National Archives/Time Life/Getty

‘I hope we can conceal this,’ George Patton wrote about murders of German prisoners that have been airbrushed out of US accounts o(...)

 Mary Creagh MP, Tristam Hunt MP, and Liz Kendall MP speak at the Progress annual conference, at TUC Congress House, central London, as they bid for leadership of the Labour Party. Photograph:  Laura Lean/PA Wire

Leicester MP is scathing of party’s aimlessness under Ed Miliband

 A Romanian man is interviewed by Immigration Enforcement officers after a raid on a residential property looking for illegal immigrants in Southall, England. Photograph: Laura Lean/Getty Images

Obsession with laws to clamp down on illegals overlooks their valuable input

A mosquito: Hydroxychloroquine was developed in 1950 to treat malaria sufferers.

Hydroxychloroquine found to reduce heart rate significantly in ‘chance observation’

David Cameron: “A strong country isn’t one that pulls up the drawbridge . . . it is one that controls immigration”. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Cameron intends to take stronger line on immigration now he is free from Lib-Dems

Tristram Hunt makes a speech in London on Wednesday in which he announced he will not run for the Labour Party leadership. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Hunt boosts Liz Kendall’s ambitions by saying she has ‘confidence and courage’ for post

John Bercow (right) as he is re-elected unopposed as speaker in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: PA

Despite Cameron’s attempts to shaft him, Bercow stays on as Commons speaker

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt: “Taxing carers’ allowances, that would be a red line for us.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Nesbitt says MPs will not back Cameron’s welfare cuts to carers

Travellers, along with a priest, a policeman, a solicitor and a barrister, were refused entry to The Coronet pub on Holloway Road in North London in 2011 following the annual general meeting nearby of the Traveller Movement.

Group barred from Coronet pub on Holloway Road, North London, in 2011

House of Lords: May not just be a place of ceremony over the next five years. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

PM could opt to stuff red benches with peers but move would likely draw unnecessary flak

Acting leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman (front) with some of the newly elected Labour MPs  in Westminster, central London, this week. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Harriet Harman says party can be rebuilt ‘to take the fight to this Tory government and to stand up for Britain’

A copy of one of the letters that the Prince of Wales wrote to the then prime minister Tony Blair, one of a series of his private letters to government ministers that was published following a ruling by the UK’s supreme court. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Correspondence with ministers ranges from army shortages to fate of the albatross

British prime minister David Cameron talks to staff during a visit to the Tetley factory in Stockton-on-Tees. Mr Cameron told workers that it is “almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea in Europe”. Photograph: PA

British prime minister may hold referendum earlier than expected

SNP MPs crowd around party leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has spent the last few days in London to drive home the message that she is in charge. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Scottish Nationalist Party newcomers soak up atmosphere at centre of UK power

Prime minister David Cameron poses for a photograph with newly-elected Conservative MPs in London.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Mayor of London Boris Johnson comes into cabinet as minister without portfolio

Theresa Villiers arrives at 10 Downing Street on Monday as David Cameron names his new cabinet. ‘It is not possible to insulate the Northern Ireland Executive from the kind of difficult decisions that every single other elected administration in the Western world has had to make,’ she said. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Northern Secretary warns Executive will become increasingly dysfunctional without budget

Caitlin Doughty: ‘When we die we are lying there like a side of beef. We are not super-special, we are not above animals, or dissolve into magic and light.’ Photograph: Ryan Orange

Caitlin Doughty has written a surprisingly uplifting book about working in a San Francisco mortuary. Her message? The West needs t(...)

 Michael Gove, who was demoted last year from education secretary to government chief whip, is one of the most radical of David Cameron’s team. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Michael Gove ordered to draft new version of act in bid to combat European legal influence

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and Peter Mandelson on The Andrew Marr Show. “The awful, shocking thing about this election is Labour could have won it,” Mandelson said. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

Blairite criticisms and Chuka Umunna attack have illustrated tensions in the party

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: Set to learn on Monday if she is to keep the Northern Ireland portfolio. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

British PM David Cameron likely to keep DUP onside despite Tory commons majority

Scottish first minister and Scottish Nationalist Party leader  Nicola Sturgeon stopped short of seeking full powers quickly over  all Scottish taxes and spending. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

SNP leader says her party’s 56 MPs will form most visible opposition to government

Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon celebrates during the Glasgow electon declarations.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scots have redrawn the political map and finding deal with Tories will be hard

Given the difficulties he could face, the British PM may be tempted to reach an accommodation with the Democratic Unionist Party to afford comfort on some tight votes, though the DUP tends to share  Tory doubts on Europe

Daunting task faces Cameron faces in dealing with Tory rebels and sceptical EU leaders

Labour leader Ed Miliband following his resignation speech in the wake of his party’s defeat. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

As he stood at the lectern the former Labour leader must have been thinking of what might have been

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

His enemies within the Conservatives believed the party leader was about to fall short

South Armagh man Conor McGinn, the son of a former Sinn Féin councillor, has won a Merseyside seat for the Labour Party in the House of Commons, increasing the party’s majority in St Helen’s North by four votes. Photograph: Conor McGinn Twitter page.

Conor McGinn, son of former SF councillor, elected in St Helen’s North constituency

A graphic showing the change in percentage share of the vote between the 2010 and the 2015 UK elections. Graphic: Irish Times Studio

Analysis: ‘Process of rebuilding Labour has to start with examination of personnel and ideas’

 David Cameron’s car arrives at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he  will meet  Queen Elizabeth II to confirm his second term as prime minister.Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Analysis: Cameron set for Number 10 as recriminations begin in Labour and Lib Dems

London housing crisis: an employee changes a property information leaflet in the window of an estate agent in Clapham. Britain faces a housing supply shortage. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

As rents rise and population exceeds 8.6 million renters offered up to £6,000 to leave

British prime minister David  Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Leaders of Labour, Lib Dems and Ukip resign as Cameron secures a second term as PM

A fox runs past 10 Downing Street: it will probably take some stealthy negotiations to form the next government. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Polls point to tie between Tories and Labour although both claim they can win outright

UK election: Labour focused on the National Health Service – predicting that hospitals could be forced to lay off staff in the year ahead because of spiralling debts.

Prospective coalition excluding Lib Dems would fail by year’s end, claims Nick Clegg

Scottish National Party candidate Alex Salmond speaks to supporters while canvassing in Rhynie, UK, this week. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

An ebullient and confident Alex Salmond does not mince his words

‘If David Cameron wins more than 300 seats, but still falls short of the 323 House of Commons majority that exists without Sinn Féin taking up its seats, he could end up depending upon the Democratic Unionist Party.’ Photograph: Peter Nicholls/ WPA Pool /Getty Images

‘Nearly all UK election results more negative than positive from Irish viewpoint’

Ruth Davidson,  leader of the Scottish Conservative Party,  with a supporter at a campaign event  in Hamilton ahead of Thursday’s election. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

British prime minister has shown ‘galling’ attitude to Scotland, says party member

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy (left) is confronted by a protester on May 4th in Glasgow.Murphy vowed not to be ‘silenced by this form of aggressive nationalism. It’s anti-democratic.’ Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Labour leader Murphy and comedian Izzard driven from stage by Scottish hecklers

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Strategic voting is key as rivals look to block Sturgeon’s influence on London

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