Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon told the party faithful at the annual conference that her “message today reaches far beyond the ranks of our party”. Photograph: EPA

Thousands travelled to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde at the weekend. Some came for Scotland’s big(...)

Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of construction workers in Britain were fired from jobs or not hired because they were members of trades unions or seen as politically suspect. Photograph: Thinkstock

Eight major building firms, including Laing O’Rourke, run by Irish businessman Ray O’Rourke, have been accused by a House of Commons inquiry of “misl(...)

UK prime minister David Cameron said he would see “what more we can do to be transparent”. Photograph: PA Wire

The British Government will not be giving out any information about the Republicans who had prison sentences waived, or shortened, despite Prime Minis(...)

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of the death of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Mr Higgins w(...)

The MPs decided the letters were “questionably unlawful”, had “distorted the legal process” and they cast huge doubt on Tony Blair’s claim that he had little choice but to concede the letters to keep Sinn Féin onside. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

During multiple sessions for nearly a year the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee probed and prodded ministers and officials to unear(...)

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Labour MP Peter Hain has been accused of giving “less than helpful” and “certainly incomplete” testimony t(...)

The year-long inquiry was prompted by the collapse in the prosecution of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. Downey was one of the recipients of the ‘on the run’ letters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Letters given by the British Government for nearly a decade to Republicans telling them they were not wanted for prosecution were “questionably unlawf(...)

Janice Atkinson. Ukip has removed the whip from the MEP and axed her as a general election candidate “following allegations of a serious financial nature”, the party said. Photograph: PA

A UK Independence Party MEP who had been running for a House of Commons seat is facing a police investigation after one of her staff was filmed ask(...)

Console founder Paul Kelly was presented with  the Labour Party Irish Society community award for 2015 by MP Liz Kendall.

Irish suicide prevention charity Console has received an award in the House of Commons in London for its work with the so-called “forgotten Irish” in (...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)