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

Members of the Mary McHugh School of Dancing in Coventry wait in anticipation of meeting President Higgins during the final part of his state visit to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President tells of poignant moment when memories of IRA father flooded back

President Michael D Higgins meets Queen Elizabeth’s race horse, Micras. Photograph: Steve Parsons/Reuters

President visit Oxfordshire farm

Nadine Dorries in full flow in the House of Commons

The Conservative MP has written a novel about the Irish in 1950s Liverpool. She recalls sectarianism in her home city and talks ab(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina meeting Ian and Anna-Lisa Balding at Park House Stables, Kingsclere, Newbury as part of the state visit of President Higgins to Britain. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sabina Higgins snuggles newborn animal as couple goes to Oxfordshire farm

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