UK Labour Party  ‘still in deep shock after its defeat and the UK’s future figures little in its current leadership contest’ ....   contender Andy Burnham (right) speaks as fellow contenders  listen during a hustings Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

‘Can we still save the union?” Stephen Heseler asks the question in a pamphlet published by the Federal Trust in London, entitled The United Kingdom, (...)

I ’ve literally never been more proud of my friend, Oisinn. I say it to him as well. I’m like, “Dude, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of you –(...)

Nicola Sturgeon: “There is no question the great disrespect shown to Scotland in these proposals is likely to have more people asking whether Westminster is capable of representing Scotland’s interests at all.” Photograph:  Tony Kinlan

The British government’s plans to give English MPs a veto over legislation that is designated as affecting England only could encourage more Scots t(...)

Have you heard who is on The Irish Times Women’s Power List?

All of the women on the BBC programme’s list, which was released this week, “have an exceptionally large impact on our lives, not just because of t(...)

A YouTube screen grab of Val Doonican during the Val Doonican Show on BBC in 1983

The Waterford-born singer Val Doonican has died aged 88. His penchant for individually styled casual pullovers, middle-of-the-road crooning and a gent(...)

North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

The British government’s demand for major spending cuts in Northern Ireland is now a greater threat to the peace process than dissident republicans, N(...)

File photograph of Sir Nicholas Winton, ‘Britain’s Schindler’. Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of Jewish children from the Holocaust in 1939, has died aged 106, his family said. He became known as “B(...)

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

First days and even first weeks can be like a procession of champions tramping down the wannabes. The top seeds and celebs took comfort from that on (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan says battle for places is intense. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

He is 26-years-old. By the time the next World Cup arrives he will be 30. There is no sense that Ian Madigan is panicking. He is over the first selec(...)

Ken Williams with his wife Elles and daughter Daisy in London.

When I was eleven I wanted to live in Hamburg. I also wanted to be a cartographer and was obsessed with what I called “instrumental” music. I’m not(...)