Peter Murtagh riding a forest trail on the Inveraray Castle estate in Scotland

Why don’t more of us to go Scotland? There’s no obvious answer to that but one thing’s for sure, when you do, you’ll soon be wondering “why did it tak(...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

James Osborne at a Ryanair agm in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

James Osborne, who has died at the age of 68, was a corporate consultant and solicitor with connections at the very top level of Irish business and a (...)

Colin Meads in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Few sportsmen or sportswomen have so defined their country as did Colin Meads, the former New Zealand rugby captain, who has died at the age of 81. A (...)

 Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid (right), singing ‘Piccadilly,’ on stage at the old Brixton Music Hall.

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Pall(...)

‘Many view the aspiration to Irish unity as legitimate, but it can also be seen as political harassment.’

Almost every week another article appears on Irish unity as writers sense that Brexit has made unity more attainable. Many view the aspiration to Iris(...)

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Defence Forces will deploy personnel to Donegal on Friday morning amid warnings of further rain in flood-stricken areas. Thirty members of the 28(...)

Bob & Berts currently has 16 stores in Northern Ireland

An independent, family owned Northern Ireland coffee shop chain is expanding its business to the Republic and Scotland after securing a £2 million (€2(...)

Stephen Rea as Eric in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland. Photograph:  Ros Kavanagh

A play set in Northern Ireland exploring the extremes of sectarianism has won one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards. David Ireland’s tr(...)

“There would be a Pandora’s box of symbolic issues, from flags to language,  that could require negotiation.”
How a united Ireland would work

With the spectre of a new hard Border haunting the island, the recently dormant question of Irish unity has received renewed attention. Unification wa(...)