Ecstasy, the trendy drug of the 1990s, has come back in fashion in recent years.

Ecstasy tablets have doubled in strength over the past decade, but have remained steady in price, according to a major report from a Dutch research in(...)

Dempsey Nibbs (69) has been jailed for life after beheading wife  Judith Nibbs (60). Photograph: PA Wire

A husband who decapitated his wife of 30 years and flushed her severed head down the toilet in an act of “grotesque savagery” has been jailed for life(...)

Pete Ball at home near Clifden: “By trying to steal the Ukip vote and keep right-wing Tory backbenchers happy, Cameron has been clever, but the British taxpayer is paying for all this political manoeuvring.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pete Ball (50), an Englishman living in Connemara, gets quite incensed when he thinks about the British referendum on European Union membership. “It’(...)

Joseph Mary Plunkett, director of of military operations for the Irish Volunteers during the Easter Rising.

For the last century mystery has surrounded the reason why Joseph Mary Plunkett was appointed director of military operations for the Irish Volunteers(...)

Yvonne Corcoran-Loftus, curator of the Michael Davitt Museum, said politicians of all political stripes had been approached about funding, with no success. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

When the electricity bill comes in for the State’s only museum dedicated to international humanitarian and social reformer Michael Davitt, the volunta(...)

So we’re back in Happy Valley (BBC One, Tuesday) after a wait for a second series that seemed interminable. Nearly two years is a long time in TV, esp(...)

A 10-year-old Muslim  mistakenly wrote that he lived in a “terrorist house” rather than a “terraced house” during an English lesson at a Lancashire school. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A 10-year-old Muslim boy was questioned by police after mistakenly writing that he lived in a “terrorist house” rather than a “terraced house”. The y(...)

Royal Irish Fusiliers at Gallipoli in 1915. Photograph: Lt Ernest Brooks/IWM via Getty Images

On January 9th, 1916, five British and Irish medical officers boarded a lighter from the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula and sailed to the converted tr(...)

Residents in York are evacuated by members of a Mountain Rescue team after the River Foss bursts its banks. Photograph:: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Hundreds of people are being evacuated from their homes as flooding continues across the north of England. Police in York advised between 300 and 40(...)

Soldiers helping to set up flood defences in Appleby as the British army has been called in to support efforts to protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria amid fears that more heavy rain will fall. Photograph: : 2LANCS/MoD Crown Copyright/PA

Dry conditions have been forecast for St Stephen’s night after a rainfall warning for many parts the south and east expired. But Met Éireann has warn(...)