Tricky manoeuvres on tax

Finance Minister Michael Noonan, as chairman of the European Union’s finance ministers during Ireland’s time as president of the European counc(...)

When Prof Ian Hargreaves answered his mobile while out walking his dog, to find a minister at the other end asking him to do a report on copyri(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. photograph: Arthur Allison

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have outlined a set of proposals aimed at imp(...)

Queen guitarist Brian May said the experience of badger culling in Ireland has shown that the process does not work.

Queen guitarist Brian May has described the Irish policy of culling badgers as “utterly laughable” and has vowed to help those(...)

A hunger strike protest on the Falls Road in 1981.

Two key republican figures remained in deep dispute last night about the content of Thatcher Foundation archive papers (...)

Then  Northern Ireland secretary of state Humphrey Atkins (centre), with minister for justice Gerry Collins (left) and  minister for foreign affairs Michael O’Kennedy. Photograph: Pat Langan

Official secret memos contained in the Thatcher Foundation papers on the 1981 hunger strikes point to a convicti(...)

Port of Cork: the Neva sailed from Cork Harbour, seen in a painting by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson. Courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery

In January 1835 a three-masted barque sailed from Cork harbour, bound for Australia, with 241 people on board. Most were Irishwomen who had bee(...)

 Northern secretary  Humphrey Atkins sent a secret official minute to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 saying elements of the provisional leadership were prepared to “consider an end of the current terrorist campaign”.

The British government as far back as 1981 believed there were elements in the leadership of the provisional republican movement who were prepared (...)

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has said. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Decisions by the Parades Commission in Northern Ireland during the marching season must be complied with, Northern Ireland Secretary of State T(...)

Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane who was shot dead by Loyalists.

A High Court judge is to examine British government meeting notes before deciding whether they should be disclosed to the family of murdered Be(...)