“At school in Belfast and at the then small and nascent Queen’s University, her literary and social abilities were quickly noticed. But life during Helen’s twenties was largely fallow as she looked after her stepmother at their modest home in north Belfast, a far cry from the exotica of Tokyo.”

Helen Waddell died almost 50 years ago and her status as an Irish literary superstar in the 1930s is almost forgotten, except in certain academic circ(...)

Saved from destruction: the Maunsel proofs of Dubliners, which Joyce rescued

‘The Abbey Theatre will be open and they will give plays of Yeats and Synge. You have a right to be there because you are my bride: and I am one of th(...)

Sisk recently won the contract to build the first phase of Lewisham Gateway, a project that is designed to regenerate the London borough and which will require a total investment of £250 million.

Building group Sisk is poised to start work on the opening phase of an 800-home, retail and leisure complex in south London after winning a £20 millio(...)

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (not pictured) shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins the colours of the disbanded Irish regiments at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph:  WPA Pool/Getty Images

No greater love hath an Irish President – even one who supports Chelsea – than to declare(...)

Canary Wharf: London’s financial services hubs is now home to a cluster of fledgling banking technology companies. photograph: eddie keogh/reuters

The marbled floors, luxury stores and corporate skyscrapers of London’s Canary Wharf financial district aren’t the typical surroundings for hig(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the future of Scotland inside the Velodrome at the Olympic Park in London today. The Scottish people will vote on whether Scotland should become an independent nation on September 18th. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA.

David Cameron evoked his own family’s Scottish heritage as he delivered a heartfelt plea for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. In his hig(...)

A man walks past a Royal Bank of Scotland building in central London. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Britain’s Royal Bank of Scotland would “inevitably” move its headquarters from Edinburgh to London if Scotland votes for independence later this year,(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wait for the Federal Reserve’s decision in relation to its economic stimulus programme.  Photograph: David Karp

Markets on this side of the Atlantic were again held back by concerns over what the US Federal Reserve would choose to do in relation to its economic (...)

Hidden history: Emma Thompson  and Victoria Coren Mitchell in ‘The Secret Life of Mary Poppins’, which looks at a little-known episode in the life of PL Travers

A documentary on the complicated and colourful life of a quintessential English writer is probably the last place you’d expect to hear a story of a gr(...)

Paddy McKillen is also seeking to bring an new action in Dublin to force Mr Quinlan to sell his shares to him

Property developer Paddy McKillen has asked a UK court to let the Irish courts decide if he should sell his shares in three London luxury hotels to th(...)