The Downing Street Declaration represents an enduring legacy of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds because it formally affirmed the right of the Irish p(...)

 Johann Lamont, leader of the Scottish Labour Party:  for now she has managed to quieten dissent in her own rants. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Former Labour minister Jim Murphy stood on a couple of red bottle-crates on a street in Argyll to campaign for a No vote in next month’s Scottish inde(...)

A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing the wreckage of her house in Beit Hanoun town at the weekend. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinian representatives met US deputy secretary of state William Burns and quartet envoy Tony Blair in Cairo yesterday to try and end the confl(...)

 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers Progress’ inaugural annual Philip Gould Lecture on July 21st in London –   Labour “has to be progressive and base policies on reality, not a delusionary view of the world”, he sid .   Photograph: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Tony Blair gave the inaugural Philip Gould lecture this week. Gould is credited in Blair’s speech as the inventor of New Labour and of the Third Way. (...)

 Leo Varadkar:  refreshing directness. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar needs to be careful. Such is his press and public acclaim these days that some of Enda Kenny’s apparatchiks might decide become to do a M(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said “no political philosophy today will achieve support unless it focuses on individual empowerment, not collective control”. Photograph: PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair warned Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the middle-ground of politics, saying that voters hurt by the ec(...)

Fr Ambrose O’Gorman, who has died aged 102 at a nursing home in Belleek, Co Fermanagh, was believed to have been be Ireland’s oldest priest. Two weeks(...)

Lady Justice Hallett found that the on-the-run  scheme used was ‘unprecedented and flawed’, but that it was not unlawful or improper. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The British Government’s decision to tell Republican on-the-runs that they were not wanted for prosecution was not “a get out of jail card”, a top Bri(...)

With sales of medium-sized saloons predicted to fall from a recent peak of 800,000 units in western Europe to an all- time low of 500,000 this year, p(...)

A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during a protest against  air strikes in the Gaza Strip at a  checkpoint near Nablus yesterday. The aim of international mediators would be to forge a compromise package acceptable to both that would bring an end to the bloodshed quickly. Photograph: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

Israel’s security cabinet is due to meet today to discuss an Egyptian proposal for a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-(...)