North Yorkshire police are trawling their records for references to Ted Heath following publication of an image of the former prime minister with suspected paedophile Jimmy Savile. Photograph: PA Wire

A former brothel-keeper at the centre of a child abuse controversy surrounding Sir Edward Heath is to be questioned by British authorities on the matt(...)

View during Cheltenham Festival 2014. Scepticism of tips and claims made by bookmakers are two of the rules to follow at this year’s event, according to Brian O’Connor. File photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

If experience really is just another name for our mistakes, the following are ten Cheltenham cautions to live by – don’ts rather than do’s – from some(...)

“Our development officer when he goes into schools finds it a lot easier to talk about the games because he can say it’s on Sky, the same television station as Premier League football and that gives exposure to the games and their value.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are mixed views on the Sky Sports deal for followers of Gaelic Games in Britain. Three of the county secretaries in England have spoken to The I(...)

The number of homphobic motivated incidents and crimes reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has risen by 14 per cent year on year.

The number of homphobic motivated incidents and crimes reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has risen by 14 per cent year on year(...)

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has said that he and he and his wife Sabina have been moved by the support he has received since assuming office. Presiden(...)

Lichens growing on a stone statue in the historic gardens of Mount Stewart, Co Down. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Loving lichen

Here’s a little quiz for you . . . Which widespread organism is found on almost every garden surface (soil, trees, some evergreen leaves, walls, ro(...)

The Irish authorities must help the families of children who were sent to the United States for adoption to trace them, the daughter of one woman held(...)

Young Laurie Lee: His memoir of growing up in a Cotswold village between the wars, Cider with Rosie, proved a triumph. It enabled him to become a full-time writer but he never managed to reproduce its success.

Being a “one-hit wonder” can be something of a mixed blessing; it is better than no hit but the question why it cannot be repeated is ever present. La(...)

Protesters demonstrating in London. In farmers’ eyes, animal rights activists feel sympathy for the badgers culled in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in a trial last year, but none for them or  their stock. Photograph: PA

David Barton’s family has worked Manor Farm in Middle Duntisbourne for five generations. The farm is situated near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, in (...)

Barry Geraghty riding Shutthefrontdoor 
celebrates winning the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Racing’s weird synchronicity appeared to ensure a Boylesports Irish Grand National famed for outsiders and “little-guy” winners wound up being won (...)