Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. File photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has again rejected calls to include Kincora boys’ home in an inquiry into an alleged paedophile ring at Westminste(...)

Former MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then British cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over claims made by two sources about the MP.

Senior British intelligence officers warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a “penchant for small boys” risked causing it political(...)

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as Secretary General of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the role.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as secretary general of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the (...)

Former British home secretary Leon Brittan, who has died after  a long battle with cancer. File photograph: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Former British home secretary Leon Brittan died on Wednesday night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer, his family has said.Lord Bri(...)

 The charges were made by a now deceased Conservative MP, Geoffrey Dickens (left), who approached the then home secretary, Leon Brittan (right). Photograph: PA Wire

Allegations made to Britain’s home office in the 1980s about the existence of a paedophile ring did not involve prominent politicians or celebrities,(...)

British home office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill leaves Westminster yesterday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

One of Britain’s most senior civil servants said yesterday he did not know who, if anyone, had authorised the removal of more than 100 missing gove(...)

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement.

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement to squeeze(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton: “very concerned” at the low number of applications for EU jobs

Irish nationals have held the top civil service post in the EU since 2000 giving successive governments unprecedented access to the main(...)