Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Actor Leroy Harris yielded to pressure placed on him by individuals over a drugs debt. Photograph: Collins

TOM TUITE A Love/Hate actor, who was given an “ultimatum” and pressured into storing €2,500 worth of cannabis to repay a drug-debt, has been spared j(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: there is no proof that he  performed the act of which he has been accused by a resentful former friend. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Getty Images

It should be said at the outset: there is no proof that David Cameron performed the act of which he has been accused by a resentful former friend. Wh(...)

A memorial to journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward outside the offices of  WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia.  Photograph: Chris Keane

It’s 56 seconds long, a video of two murders being executed with the intention of having the maximum public exposure. The killing of two journalists (...)

Adrian Hopkins admitted four previous shipments of arms from Libya for the IRA. He skipped bail in France but was arrested in Ireland in 1990 and in 1991 was sentenced to eight years in prison, five of which were suspended.

The daughter of the skipper of a ship that smuggled IRA arms from Libya to Ireland in the 1980s described him as “an adventurer and a risk-taker” at (...)

A demonstrator marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown participates in a protest on West Florissant Avenue on on Tuesday night  in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over last year’s police killing of an unarmed black teenager ended peacefully on Wednesday morning, law enforcement of(...)

Looking across a bridge towards the rocky ridge of the Cuillin mountains from Sligachan, the Isle of Skye. Photograph: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
On a high in the Isle of Skye

Island envy is a likely side effect of visiting the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides. Our own islands of Aran, To(...)

Rolf Harris, who was convicted last year of indecently assaulting young women and girls, wrote down the lyrics in a letter penned in jail File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

A song in which Rolf Harris reportedly slurs his victims as “slimy little woodworm” has prompted calls for the disgraced children’s entertainer to be (...)

Stephen Harris, brother of Alan Harris, has died in Beaumont Hospital following an industrial incident earlier this week.

Stephen Harris, brother of Alan Harris who died after being overcome by toxic fumes, has died at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Alan Harris (45) was do(...)

Studio rat: Daniel Lanois. Photograph: Brad Barket/Getty/CBGB

Daniel Lanois is on the road again. He’s calling from a hotel in Seattle as his tour heads up the west coast of the United States and into his nati(...)