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(...)

Lord Stephen Green: Conservatives were condemned by Labour for not investigating the former HSBC chief executive before appointing him as a trade minister. Photograph: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images

The British tax authorities settled cases against 1,000 people who had used Switzerland-based HSBC accounts to avoid taxes rather than prosecute them(...)

British Labour MP Tristram Hunt: ‘I obviously meant no offence to nuns.’ Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tristram Hunt, the British Labour MP who could be the next education secretary at Westminster after the May election, is facing mounting criticism for(...)

Public Health England has urged British supermarkets to shift daffodils away from fruit and vegetable stands after dealing with 27 suspected poisonings linked to daffodils in the last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

William Wordsworth may have wandered lonely as a cloud enjoying a host of golden daffodils, but today daffodils have been known to land people in hos(...)

IAG has been discussing its proposal to pay €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Takeover panel rules do not bar the Government from discussing International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) bid to buy Aer Lingus, as a number o(...)