Ruth Davidson,  leader of the Scottish Conservative Party,  with a supporter at a campaign event  in Hamilton ahead of Thursday’s election. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

From a distance, one could assume that Conservatism is dead in Scotland: the party that was once dominant is down to just one House of Commons MP, (...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cameron had just arrived home on September 18th last year, the night of the Scottish independence referendum, when he got a telephone call sh(...)

Nicola Sturgeon on a helicopter leaving a hotel in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon has begun a whistle-stop tour of a dozen target constituencies across Scotland as the final weekend of election campaigning approaches(...)

Ian Bailey, who has made a series of claims over the conduct of the  investigation into the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Collins Courts

Evidence has concluded in the civil action by Ian Bailey against the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of the investigation into the murd(...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)

The damaged Claude Monet painting entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street, Dublin.

A man has gone on trial accused of damaging a €10 million Monet painting in the National Gallery four years ago and damaging two paintings in the Shel(...)

The Nire’s Conor Gleeson fields the ball with John Galvin of Cratloe attempting tyo block. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Munster Club Senior Football Championship The Nire 1-13 Cratloe 2-8 After extra-time Cratloe’s hopes of a Munster senior club championship double we(...)

Let’s bail: Peter Coonan as David Drumm and and Morgan Jones as Seán FitzPatrick in The Guarantee

It’s only been six years since the imminent collapse of Anglo- Irish Bank inspired the sitting government to guarantee the holdings of that institu(...)

Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore: “I was born in Ireland, I am proudly Scottish but I am proudly British and I don’t want, or feel the need to choose between them, or want to have to be made to choose,” he says.  Photograph: PA Wire

Michael Moore sits in his Galashiels office in the Scottish Borders. He is calm, but all too aware of the storm engulfing Scotland’s independence ref(...)

The Dirties

Matt (Matthew Johnson) and Owen (Owen Williams) are BFF fanboy film-makers hoping to make some clazz of sub-Tarantino crime flick featuring the bullie(...)