Irish country houses have historically provided the perfect bolt-hole for British “celebs” needing to escape the predations of Fleet Street and salaci(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “We should be setting a key economic target of near full employment over five years.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

It was the 19th century British prime minister Lord Melbourne who first emphasised the need for his government to be “on message”, although it took a (...)