President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi definitely doesn’t want to make a date with the now-running banking inquiry. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

And still they talked about water. It’s been tough going. In a lazy Leinster House afternoon, a lovely little exchange took place between Labour’s Eri(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Susan O’Reilly, the former wife of Sir Anthony O’Reilly, has died in London. Ms O’Reilly, née Cameron, married the Irish businessman in 1962. The pair(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

Supporters of Scottish independence on the morning after the September 18th referendum, in which Scots voted to remain in the UK.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Scotland’s finance secretary, John Swinney, made history yesterday, becoming the first Scottish minister in more than 300 years to levy on Scots a tax(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) welcomes Mark Reckless to the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in south Yorkshire. Photograph: PA

Every September, thousands of horse- racing fans gather in Doncaster for the St Leger, the world’s oldest horse race and the final classic of the Brit(...)

David Haines was in Syria working for the French charity Acted when he was abducted.

Britain resisted pressure today to join the United States in announcing air strikes against Islamic State after the militant group beheaded David Hain(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

Britain’s place in Europe
  • UK
  • June 30, 2014, 01:00

If, as David Cameron says, the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission has made it harder to keep the United Kingdom(...)