“All the social consequences,  suicides, ruination, people’s careers being destroyed and all the rest that flow from an unregulated gambling industry in this country are there for us all to see,” says Independent Senator  Michael McDowell.

Thousands of Irish race-goers made their way to Cheltenham last week for four days of gambling in the Gloucestershire countryside, contributing to the(...)

The stricken   Fukushima  nuclear power plant in  2011. The accident at the   plant was unleashed by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Photograph:  Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, was gamely trying to make a virtue out of a catastrophic liab(...)

Former Irish president Seán T O’Kelly greets then British prime minister Clement Attlee in Dublin in 1948. File photograph: The Irish Times

Clement Attlee, the Labour prime minister whose government founded the welfare state, looked after a child refugee who escaped from the Nazis in the m(...)

Eleanor Wilson arrives at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A teacher accused of having sex with a student in the toilet of a plane as they returned from a school trip could face a retrial after a jury failed t(...)

‘It’s an insurance policy of sorts...  I have to look after my family.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Britain could run out of food by this time next year if it cannot maintain the flow of goods after Brexit, that country’s National Farmers’ Union has (...)

Leslie Grantham in character as Dennis Watts with his on-screen wife Anita Dobson who played Angie.  Press Association

The actor Leslie Grantham, who played “Dirty Den” Watts in the BBC soap EastEnders, has died aged 71. A statement from his representative said: “We (...)

Two gymnasts practising in a gymnasium.

Right now, thousands of perfectly ordinary adults are in online forums airing concerns such as: “Is it necessary to apply the posterior pelvic tilt in(...)

 ‘Fantasist’ Michael Cremin posed as a barrister to trick the terminal cancer sufferer out of her life savings.  Photograph: Gloucestershire Police /PA Wire

A “fantasist” who posed as a barrister to trick a woman with terminal cancer out of her life savings has been jailed for eight years. Michael Cremin,(...)

Fish producers’ representative Dick James at Portavogie harbour, Co Down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dick James, who leads the 170-plus fishermen plying their trade every day from the ports of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie into the waters around No(...)

 Punter can now buy only four pints or four shots of spirits at a time at bars at Cheltenham. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

By the time the first race got under way, many hundreds of pints had already been knocked back and a fair few punters were distinctly merry. As the d(...)

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