Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Sellafield nuclear plant  in Seascale, Cumbria, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, England have voted to take industrial action in a row over health and safety.Unite said its 1,200 m(...)

Janice Atkinson. Ukip has removed the whip from the MEP and axed her as a general election candidate “following allegations of a serious financial nature”, the party said. Photograph: PA

A UK Independence Party MEP who had been running for a House of Commons seat is facing a police investigation after one of her staff was filmed ask(...)

The Royal Navy’s 16,000-ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard: the SNP joined with Plaid Cymru and the Greens to oppose plans to replace the fleet, calling the weapons “morally repugnant”. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

The Conservatives and Labour have combined in the House of Commons to reject demands by the Greens, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party to s(...)

The Lake District in northern England is a good spot for a family get together in late autumn

I am helping to organise a family reunion for about 55 people who are travelling from Ireland, the UK and Australia. We want to hold it either in t(...)

To coax the fish into breeding, researchers have tried to recreate its natural spawning conditions in freshwater tanks

What does the fish say? New research at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) aims to shed light on just how vocal a unique Irish fish is. Bio(...)

Rory Gallagher photographed with the guitar. Peter Drayne from Lisburn  bought the JS Berlin Legend at auction. The guitar was custom built for Gallagher who first made first headlines with his band, Taste.

An Irish entrepreneur and music fan has spoken of his delight at being able to bring a limited edition electric guitar specially crafted for Ir(...)

The world of botanical art in Ireland has lost its finest and most distinguished artist with the recent death of Wendy Walsh, at the age of 98.(...)

Eddie Haughey, who has died in a helicopter accident in eastern England, was a self-made multimillionaire and entrepreneur who had exceptional driv(...)

A man looks on as big waves crash against a break-water pier during a storm in Esquibien in Brittany region of France. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

Hurricane-force winds and torrential rain disrupted transport networks and cut power supplies in Britain and France today, one of the busiest travel d(...)