Mary McAleese will take up her new role as a professor of Irish studies in St Mary’s University, London, in September. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese has been appointed as a professor of Irish studies at St Mary’s University in London, one of the United Kin(...)

Getting the recipe right in the feeding pens brings results: 10 per cent more milk produced, 10 per cent less food needed; a roughly similar reduction in the amount of methane coming from each cow

Cows are boring creatures, preferring the same food every day, mixed in the same way. The secret to feeding them, however, is far from simple, says Ge(...)

Theresa Villiers: “It’s not completely impossible that corporation tax could still be achieved in this parliament.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Politicians in Northern Ireland have until the end of this week to reach a deal if legislation devolving corporation tax powers to Stormont is to be p(...)

Alan Yarrow, the lord mayor of the City of London. “We have got to make sure that we have got friends in Europe”

Britain needs friends in Europe, says Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, who is becoming ever more concerned about the drift in the (...)

Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee: rejected  charges the committee is too close to British establishment. Photograph: PA

British politicians, either those now serving or those who were in office during Labour’s years in power, will be held to account if they were “com(...)

Nearly €45 billion will be spent over the next five years on maintenance, cutting leaks and creating new sources of supply. Photograph: Jason South

Household water bills for millions of houses in England and Wales, which run to nearly £400 (€504) per property, must fall by 5 per cent before infla(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) flanked by party members at Stormont. There is big  doubt over whether a pre-Christmas deal is achievable. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tensions at the heart of the failed Northern Ireland talks were illustrated by a verbal spat between David Cameron and Gerry Adams shortly before the (...)

British prime minister David Cameron addresses the media before departing the cross party talks at Stormont this morning. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians must learn the days when the British Government “could pull a cheque-book from its pocket” to solve problems are over, Do(...)

News that David Cameron and Enda Kenny were heading to Stormont has been known within political circles for the last week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

News that David Cameron and Enda Kenny were heading to Stormont has been known within political circles for the last week, but little information was (...)

Predictions about oil are usually wrong, so the SNP is joining a long queue of people. However, being wrong may prove important if, as some now suggest, the world is  facing an era of cheap oil. Photograph: PA

North Sea oil has been central to the dream of Scottish independence for decades. In the 1974 general election, the Scottish National Party won extra (...)