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(...)

Ryanair: says  no evidence to support claims that its employment practices are bogus or atypical and describes statements by various individuals as misleading or unfounded. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ryanair has warned witnesses at a recent European Parliament committee hearing, who had criticised its employment practices, that it will take legal(...)

A newborn baby was retrieved from the River Taff in Cardiff shortly after 6pm on Tuesday. Image: Google Maps.

Police are appealing for the mother of a baby whose body was recovered from a river to come forward. The newborn baby was retrieved from the River Taf(...)

Brendan Smyth: told doctor after his arrest he may have abused 50-100 children, and that ‘number could even be double or perhaps even more’. Photograph: Pacemaker

Even before he was ordained in 1951 there were serious concerns about Fr Brendan Smyth’s sexual proclivities, the North’s Historical Institutional (...)

Pat Smullen will be on board Mustajeeb in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: Reuters.

Australians have got used to Dermot Weld upsetting their Melbourne Cup prejudices over the decades but they may have to get their heads around the le(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Charlie Rock scored a late try but it was too little too late for Ireland  at the Zaffanella Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

Wales 22 Ireland 12 This is what Ireland feared might happen against New Zealand but few expected them to be 19-0 down after just 15 minutes of(...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talk as they attend a service to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor, west of London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated by one of Britain’s leading judges as the count(...)

Aidan O’Brien:  trainer’s dual-Guineas winner Gleneagles is a red-hot favourite for Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes although one of his five opponents will be the French 2,000 Guineas winner, Make Believe. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The remarkable Sole Power will attempt to make history by securing a King’s Stand Stakes hat-trick on day one of Royal Ascot and success could encour(...)

Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) who received the Nobel prize for literature in 1923. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

During one of the headline events of his birthday celebration in Sligo, WB Yeats’ granddaughter Caitriona briefly shared a stage with Mary Plunkett gr(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)