Martin Neary in the Woodland Park he has created beside his home in Madogue, Co Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

There is an old marble headstone half buried among the dandelions and long grass behind Martin Neary’s home in the townland of Madogue, Co Mayo. I am (...)

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer congratulates his party’s winning  candidates in the Cumberland Council election in Carlisle. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has faced renewed questions about his leadership after the Conservatives lost hundreds of seats in local elections in England, Scotlan(...)

A Pipistrelle bat entangled in a False Widow Spider’s web. Photograph: Ben Waddams

Irish scientists have published the first record of a noble false widow spider feeding on bats having ensnared them in their web. It is the first tim(...)

UK Brexit minister  David Frost has yet to make a public comment on the newspaper report. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The British government’s chief negotiator with the EU, David Frost, has resigned “with immediate effect” as Brexit minister. Lord Frost had previousl(...)

UK Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has ‘recused himself’ from leading an investigation into lockdown-breaking parties across Whitehall, following allegations of gatherings in his own department. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The UK’s leading civil servant has stepped down from his role investigating alleged lockdown-breaking parties inside Downing Street after claims emerg(...)

Boris Johnson has not explicitly denied that at least two parties took place at Downing Street during lockdown restrictions last year, but No 10 has insisted ‘all Covid rules were followed’. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The British prime minister has been reported to the police by Labour MPs over allegations there were at least two parties in Downing Street during loc(...)

Boris Johnson has ditched plans to overhaul the standards system for MPs. File photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor /PA Wire

Former Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson has resigned as an MP after Boris Johnson abandoned a plan to save him from being suspended from parli(...)

McDonald’s already recycles cooking oil into fuel for its delivery trucks in Ireland and has removed plastic toys from its Happy Meals.

Fast-food chain McDonald’s has pledged to achieve net zero emissions across its Irish and UK business by 2040. As part of a global sustainability dri(...)

Trainer Ger Lyons runs Sacred Bridge at Naas in the €300,000  Ballyhane Stakes on Monday. Photograph:  PA Wire

The second €300,000 Ballyhane Stakes takes place at Naas on bank holiday Monday with every chance of it supplying another lucrative success for one of(...)

Dalian Atkinson after scoring against Manchester United in the 1994 Coca Cola Cup final. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters

Ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson died after being Tasered for six times longer than is standard and kicked at least twice, leaving bootlace prints (...)

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