Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan  with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth   and Prince Philip  view a display of Chinese items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Getty Images

The timing of the collapse of what’s left of Britain’s steel industry could hardly have been more ironic. As the queen welcomed Chinese president Xi (...)

James Stafford:  took over his family’s coal-importing business, transforming it into a major player in the coal market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The businessman and art collector James Stafford, who has died aged 70, was a leading figure in the Irish business world in the 1970s and 1980s, who l(...)

File image from November 1992 of disgraced ex-bishop,  Peter Ball, who has admitted sexually assaulting young men. File photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A former Church of England bishop who abused 18 young men over three decades has finally admitted his guilt after a last-ditch effort to throw out his(...)

A general view of Dismaland, a collection of satirical art and sculpture by the graffiti artist Banksy, which is to go on show in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.Photograph:  Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A family theme park which is proudly being billed by graffiti artist Banksy as not suitable for small children is to open for business. Residents nea(...)

A migrant crawls under a fence as he attempts to access the Channel Tunnel in Calais, northern France, at the weekend. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

If Khamis Adam had been born in Ireland or England, he would probably be running his own accountancy business - or in politics, in television or on th(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, are applauded by staff upon entering 10 Downing Street after visiting the queen. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

MARK HENNESSYLondon Editor Former British prime minister John Major once said that every general election campaign run by any political party is a sha(...)

 David Cameron’s car arrives at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he  will meet  Queen Elizabeth II to confirm his second term as prime minister.Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Greeting the dawn, even Boris Johnson seemed, for once, lost for words, declaring that the Conservatives, by then on the verge of winning a House of C(...)

Steve Bradley: Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, was Northern Ireland’s chief electoral officer. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, stood at a podium in the King’s Hall in Belfast surrounded by television cameras in 1998 to announce the Belfast Agreemen(...)