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(...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Politicians have underestimated it, artists have been beguiled by it, A-listers charmed and D-listers flattered. But after years of luring unsuspec(...)

Documentary maker Peter Taylor who made the BBC programme Who Won the War? “It is clear that the British and the unionists won,” he says,  “because the union is secure and the IRA is no more.”

A former senior British Conservative minister, James Prior, has stated that “violence probably does work”, while one of the last of the IRA hunger str(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, af(...)

Queen Elizabeth with  President Michael D Higgins (right) greet Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left), and First Minister Peter Robinson (2nd left) and British  Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Getty

Former Conservative party chairman Norman Tebbitt has withdrawn remarks he made about wishing to see Martin McGuinness shot by dissident republ(...)

Norman Tebbit, whose comments have been condemned by the Northern secretary. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

The former British cabinet minister who said he wished to see Martin McGuinness shot by dissident republicans has been rebuked(...)

Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister Northern Ireland, said the queen has been willing to show “impressive leadership” in the area of conflict resolution. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has criticised Lord Tebbit for saying he hopes the former IRA commander is shot in t(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and President Michael D. Higgins during their meeting at No 10 Downing Street today. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA/Pool 2:54

President Michael D Higgins joined prime minister David Cameron for lunch on the second day of his state visit to Britain today. At 10 Do(...)

Margaret Thatcher’s coffin is carried on a horsedrawn gun carriage through Fleet Street in London during the ceremonial funeral of the former British prime minister yesterday. Photograph:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

There once was a time when people raised their arms to cast flowers in the path of flag-draped coffins. Now they raise their arms and look away(...)