Defendant Peter Herbert outside  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after defendants were all found not guilty on charges of  false imprisonment of then-tánaiste Joan Burton at a water charges protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

When news broke last month that charges against the Jobstown protesters were being dropped, defence solicitor Michael Finucane said he hoped the case (...)

People hold Catalan pro-independence  flags as they raise  protest in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government will not recognise the outcome of the referendum on Catalan independence. Speaking to reporters in Du(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May  visits a home near the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester, October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Theresa May is right. “As Conservatives,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, “the arguments that we thought we’d had and won during the 1980s a(...)

A worker inspects a C-series plane wing in the Bombardier factory in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Belfast’s Bombardier aircraft factory has its roots in a period of intense co-operation and friendship between the north Atlantic neighbours of Canada(...)

Pundits assume that the only threat to the Tory party  is the loss of more seats at the next general election. Something more existential is seldom contemplated.

Hollywood struggles to make successful movies about finance. There’s a good reason for that: unlike a hospital, say, nothing really gripping or dramat(...)

In a sign of the need to unite Ukip,  new leader Henry Bolton, a little-known former Army officer, used his keynote speech to the party conference in Torquay to declare that the present rate of immigration is “unacceptable” and to  claim British culture was being “swamped” by multiculturalism. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Mass immigration and Islam are harming British culture, claims Ukip’s new leader, who says there should be no cap on the number of migrants who can co(...)

Repeal the Eighth campaign: March for Choice event proceeds past the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday calling for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws. The demonstration began at t(...)

British author Robert Harris: ‘We’ve fallen into this very simplistic kind of Churchillian myth.’ File photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

An unhealthy national obsession with the UK’s role in the second World War played a role in creating the conditions for Brexit, according to best-sell(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Colm Brophy is a Fine Gael TD representing Dublin South West.

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy has described the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as “Ireland’s favourite star chamber” and “the most debased comm(...)