File photograph of Tony Blair and former US president George Bush in the Azores in 2003. Photograaph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has apologised for aspects of the Iraq War, sparking claims of attempted “spin” ahead of the Chilcot Inquiry (...)

A paramilitary mural is seen on a wall in East Belfast in Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Another week, another crisis in the peace process which passeth all understanding. Tuesday’s report into the state of the Northern Ireland ceasefires (...)

“Enda went to the edge of the precipice but didn’t have the guts to jump” was the conclusion of one  TD

Labour Party TDs are jubilant after what many of them regard as their best week since taking office. It began with Enda Kenny publicly bowing the knee(...)

Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Try as it might, Fianna Fáil was getting little traction for its comparisons between Enda Kenny and Gordon Brown last week as the prospect of a Novemb(...)

Being able to speak well in public and building a rapport and following in the process is one of the greatest skills that a leader can possess. Public(...)

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor: lists  “generally fomenting the overthrow of capitalism” among his interests in ‘Who’s Who’. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The British Labour Party’s new leader has named as finance spokesman an ally who lists “fomenting the overthrow of capitalism” among his interests in (...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If David Cameron showed up to parliament in his Bullingdon Club tailcoat to announce the sale of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital to a consorti(...)

Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair: Three men who plotted to murder the former loyalist leader in Scotland have been jailed. File photograph: Ian Hodgson/Reuters

Three men who plotted to murder former loyalist leader Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair in Scotland have been jailed. Anton Duffy (39), Martin Hughes (36) and P(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

British Labour Party leadership candidate Yvette Cooper. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Gordon Brown has backed Yvette Cooper for the UKLabour Party leadership. The former prime minister’s office announced he had given the shadow home sec(...)