Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “The records are in place and have not been tampered with in any way.’’  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of a “partisan slur’’ in claiming the previous Fianna Fáil-led government destroyed do(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Northern Ireland  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness shake hands, watched by First Minister Peter Robinson, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in June 2012. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Queen Elizabeth’s handshake with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness in 2012 had been “the most remarkabl(...)

As one of the BBC’s senior economic correspondents, Hugh Pym covered the banking crisis from its revelation in 2007 to the present day. As late as Jul(...)

Gordon Brown: approached British government to ask for military assistance in finding the kidnapped  girls

Gordon Brown has called for international military assistance, such as air support, to be offered to the Nigerian government in the hunt for about 200(...)

 Micheál Martin laying a  wreath at the Fianna Fáil Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fianna Fáil leader has criticised the Irish and British governments for failing to use the close relations between the two co(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  used the word “muppets” during a furious exchange at prime minister’s questions over the part-privatisation of the Royal Mail, during which Ed Miliband branded him “the dunce of Downing Street” and accused him of selling off the company at “mates’ rates” to his friends in the City. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has defended his use of the word “muppets” to describe Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed (...)

Scotland’s referendum on independence shares a singular feature with our recent poll on abolishing the Seanad, one that strongly favours their (...)

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown outlines his plans in Glasgow yesterday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has called for greater devolution powers for Scotland if voters there reject this September’s indepen(...)

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity.Dr Turing, who(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)