Geraldine Finucane, the widow of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, who is  seeking to overturn a ruling on a refusal to  hold a public inquiry into the killing. Photograph: PA

Murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane’s widow is to seeking to overturn a ruling that British prime minister David Cameron acted lawfully in refusin(...)

British prime minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Monday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

British prime minister David Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Monday after Eurosceptic members of his Conservatives joined (...)

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond during an EU referendum  debate: said the government would show “proper restraint” when it came to spending and had no intention of ordering doorstep mail-shots in the last four weeks of the campaign.  Photograph: PA

David Cameron’s own colleagues have accused him of trying to rig the EU referendum in his favour by introducing new legislation that would allow mini(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and British prime minister David Cameron at Chequers in southern England on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Suzanne Plunkett

British prime minister David Cameron is to have meetings with fellow European Union leaders in a bid to open talks on his demands for new membership(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

The North’s Minister of Finance Simon Hamilton said of the Osborne offer: “It’s disappointing it isn’t a final decision”.Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Power over corporation tax is “not a good candidate for devolution” to the Northern Ireland Executive, the highly respected London-based Institute f(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne at the Conservatice conference: he rejected claims he is targeting the poor. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has rejected calls from senior Conservatives to declare that the UK would quit the European Unio(...)

Protesters demonstrating in London. In farmers’ eyes, animal rights activists feel sympathy for the badgers culled in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in a trial last year, but none for them or  their stock. Photograph: PA

David Barton’s family has worked Manor Farm in Middle Duntisbourne for five generations. The farm is situated near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, in (...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (right) with Carmel Quinn (left) whose brother Frank Quinn, who was shot dead in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August 1971Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Families of the 11 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in 1971 are to meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. The incident(...)