Sepp Blatter has claimed the arrest of seven FIFA officials on US corruption indictments may have been an attempt to interfere with the congress where he was re-elected for a fifth term as president. Photograph: PA

The re-elected Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has said he was “shocked” at the way US authorities targeted football’s world body and slammed what he ca(...)

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

Since the boats went down, a large, luxurious green motor yacht has been attracting a good deal of attention at Dun Laoghaire. It looks much more like(...)

Manual workers are the most likely to be off sick, followed by desk-bound workers, the very ones who spend all day sitting at a desk.

Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities using one; Winston Churchill in the years after the second World War used one t(...)

A portrait of Lord Houghton wearing the insignia by Walter Frederick Osborne, which is in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The ceremonial jewels worn by the Viceroy of Ireland 120 years ago have been sold at auction for twice the estimate at £21,250 (€29,800). The insign(...)

     The Hyde Park monument mirrors the places where the four London bombs went off and has 52 stainless steel columns, each representing a victim

The process of architecture is one of improvisation, says Andy Groarke of Carmody Groarke architects, kicking off the third season of the Newnownext (...)

Katherine Perlo (77) campaigns against the proposed legislation to allow assisted suicide in Scotland at a rally outside the Scottish parliament today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland yesterday voted against becoming the first part of the UK to legalise assisted suicide. The Scottish parliament at Holyrood, in Edinburgh, (...)

Elsie McDermid’s letter to her mother describing Dublin during the Easter Rising begins: “We are living in stirring times. I am writing this to be posted if there is any post office left.” File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A dramatic eyewitness account of the Easter Rising as seen by a visiting opera singer has been made public for the first time. Elsie McDermid, a popu(...)

According to numerous news reports Swiss law enforcement officials arrested several leading FIFA representatives at a hotel in Zurich on corruption charges. Photograph: EPA. 2:13

The world governing body of football, Fifa, was plunged into an unprecedented crisis on the eve of its congress in Zurich after Swiss authorities arre(...)

A portrait of Lord Houghton wearing the insignia  by Walter Frederick Osborne, which is in the National Portrait Gallery in London

Ceremonial jewels worn by the Viceroy of Ireland 120 years ago have been discovered in a duchess’s London bank vault and will be sold at auction on We(...)