Sinn Fein expected  Mitchel McLaughlin  to succeed William Hay as speaker of the Assembly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of reneging on a public deal made by the late first minister Ian Paisley that Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin would suc(...)

Ireland’s European Parliament Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan at EU hearing today. Screengrab

Ireland’s European Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan confirmed this morning he had made representations on behalf of his constituents for jobs(...)

Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers his keynote speech to delegates: “Our country nearly broke up. A country that nearly splits apart is not a country in good health.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Labour will hire an extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 doctors for English hospitals, paid for by a levy on luxury homes, tobacco companies and cutting (...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding members of the security forces, a newly-published document reveals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Northern Ireland secretary John Reid supported a selective and reversible government amnesty scheme for alleged paramilitaries but excluding me(...)

Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling (left) and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont taking part in a church service to promote unity in the wake of the independence referendum, at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andrew O’Brien/Church of Scotland/PA Wire

Scots over the age of 55 have “impeded” younger Scots’ demands for independence, first minister Alex Salmond has said, following Thursday’s referen(...)

Gordon Brown speaking to scoolchildren in Fife on Friday. The re-energised former prime minister played a key role in the final days of the No campaign. Photograph: Garry McHarg/Reuters

The centuries of ties between the Scots and the English are littered with broken promises. Each has left its layer of resentment, each remembered a(...)

File photograph shows then Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley  in  2008. Photograph: David Moir/Files/Reuters

Dr Ian Paisley was probably the most fiery, uncompromising and bellicose Ulster politician throughout the North’s Troubles.But late in life, one of th(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond:  failed to secure ‘devolution max’ option on independence referendum ballot paper. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Some Scots want independence and nothing less. Before the referendum campaign started, however, the majority would have settled for running more of(...)

Two members of the clergy leave the Church of England’s Synod during a lunch break in the session today which later approved the consecration of women bishops, in York, UK. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Women bishops could be appointed by the end of this year in the Church of England after legislation backing the move was given final approval by the G(...)

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind and will now support the right of terminally ill patients to seek help to end their lives. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind a(...)