Andy Lee in action against Billy Joe Saunders during their WBO middleweight title fight at Manchester Arena. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Gone midnight in Manchester and Billy Joe Saunders is caught between exhaustion, euphoria and a grim determination to be taken seriously as a worthy (...)

 Billy Joe Saunders training ahead of his middleweight title fight with champion Andy Lee. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

It may be becoming wearisome and Billy Joe Saunders this week stuck to the script after radioactive remarks during the summer. It was less than five (...)

Abortion is illegal in the Republic except where the pregnancy presents a real and substantial risk to the mother’s life. File photograph: Getty Images

A clinic in Manchester accounted for close to one third of all abortions for women with Irish addresses over the last five years. Women from the islan(...)

No ‘typical’ clients: a  Marie Stopes International clinic in the north of England. Photograph:  Ross Parry Agency

“The Northern Ireland and Irish governments don’t mind women having abortions just as long as they’re not here in Ireland,” according to Northern Irel(...)

The last time Johnny Marr featured prominently on a live album, it was on The Smiths’ 1988 record Rank. Twenty-seven years later, the gui(...)

Two officers spent 30 minutes talking to Fred and Doris Thompson after they called 999 ‘out of loneliness’. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Files

Manchester police visited the house of an elderly couple after they called the emergency number out of loneliness, the force said on Twitter this week(...)

Three albums into their career, the Manchester band have found the groove that has sputtered and occasionally stalled on their previous record(...)

File photograph of the Rochdale skyline. Ten men have been charged with child exploitation as part of an investigation in Greater Manchester. File photograph:   Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Ten men have been charged as part of an investigation into child grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale. The men are accused of a catalogue of (...)

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Roy Keane was interviewed following a reported altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre in Manchester in January which led to police being called. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has been interviewed under caution in Manchester following an alleged road rage incident involving the(...)

Unite said its cargo handlers and check-in staff employed by dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester voted by more than 4-1 in favour of walkouts in protest at an imposed 2.2 per cent increase. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Airport check-in staff and cargo handlers in the UK have voted to go on strike on December 23rd and 24th in a dispute over pay.Unite said its members (...)