Ireland’s football team:  continues to dole out nothing but heartbreak. Photograph: Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

The Ireland football team continues to dole out nothing but heartbreak and misery for supporters but at least we still have our accountants to keep th(...)

Tony Blair was expected to prepare the groundwork for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel as part of a peace agreement. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Tony Blair has stepped down as the Quartet’s Middle East peace envoy, officials said, leaving a post that began with great promise but which struggled(...)

The British Labour Party has been pitched into a leadership contest after its defeat in the UK election was followed immediately by Ed Miliband’s resi(...)

Andy Burnham, the frontrunner in the race,  describes himself as the “change candidate”. Photograph:   Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty Images

The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has warned that its link with Labour could be put at risk if the party’s next leader fails to act as the v(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his partner Camilla Parker-Bowles will visit Mullaghmore harbour, where the prince’s great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten died in an IRA bombing almost 36 years ago. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

Britain’s Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles begin their four-day trip to Ireland on Tuesday with a visit to NUI Galway’s (N(...)

Bono said: “It’s just some smart people we have working for us trying to be sensible about the way we’re taxed.” File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is nearly four years since U2’s headline gig at Glastonbury, where activists clashed with security after unfurling a banner asking “U pay tax 2?”Ho(...)

The possible implications for the Belfast Agreement of a Tory move to repeal the Human Rights Act have set off alarms in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of the UK repealing its Human Rights Act hasn’t come out of the blue. It’s a pledge that appeared not once but three times in the Conserv(...)

House of Lords: May not just be a place of ceremony over the next five years. Photograph: Leon Neal/PA

Members of the House of Commons, led by prime minister David Cameron, will trail into the more resplendent surroundings of the House of Lords later th(...)

UK Labour shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh. Ms Creagh has   joined the party’s leadership contest.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh has joined the race to succeed Ed Miliband, promising to “earn back the trust that middle Engla(...)

Mark Carney did not comment specifically on the best date for the referendum Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Bank of England governor Mark Carney indicated he’s in favour of UK prime minister David Cameron holding an early referendum on the UK’s European Unio(...)