Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of vacillating over the UK’s EU role. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has opened the prospect of conceding to the Conservatives’ demand for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the E(...)

 Ireland “didn’t have a sustainable position” when the economic crisis broke,  former taoiseach Brian Cowen  said, refusing to accept criticisms from those who had previously condemned his actions in government as being too miserly. “When I was producing those budgets, go back and look at what people were saying. I was described as Ebenezer Scrooge.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has defended the record of his administration, saying it had faced up to its responsibilities in dealing with the consequ(...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

From left: Scotland’s Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie during Tuesday night’s televised debate. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared that a vote for the Scottish National Party in next month’s Westminster elections “doesn’t mean t(...)

Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of construction workers in Britain were fired from jobs or not hired because they were members of trades unions or seen as politically suspect. Photograph: Thinkstock

Eight major building firms, including Laing O’Rourke, run by Irish businessman Ray O’Rourke, have been accused by a House of Commons inquiry of “misl(...)

British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg during a Q&A session at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference at the ACC Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A transatlantic trade deal between the European Union and the United States will not lead to the privatisation of national publicly-controlled health (...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband. ‘Every one less Labour MP makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party.’ Photograph:  Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is battling the Scottish National Party to hold onto dozens of House of Commons seats, has urged Scottish voters to bac(...)

A still image taken from CCTV of a suspect in alleged sexual abuse last year of a boy aged six in London. The man spoke with an Irish accent, London police said.  0:17

Detectives in London have had a “really positive” response from the public following an appeal for information about an Irish man alleged to have sexu(...)

Jimmy Savile celebrity awed some, while his bullying, dominant personality frightened others. His fund-raising skills were seen as useful by Margaret Thatcher’s government, particularly, who “feted” Savile. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Jimmy Savile wandered where he wanted for decades through hospitals at all hours of the day and night, leaving behind a catalogue of pain and abuse. H(...)

Famine statue in Dublin: a debate hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival about comedy and censorship was dominated by ‘Hungry’, a not-yet written commission for Channel 4 about the Famine. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Comedy can live long in the memory. Charlie Walsh, who left Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, for London in the early 1970s, remembers when jokes mocking th(...)