Shadow chancellor of the exchequer, Labour’s John McDonnell: “The administration is falling apart”. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The battle among leading Conservatives to replace Theresa May as prime minister threatens to derail talks with the opposition Labour Party and the bid(...)

Four children killed in a house fire in Stafford. Photograph: Google maps

Four young children were killed when a fire ripped through their family home in the English West Midlands early on Tuesday. Riley Holt (8), Keegan Un(...)

 Theresa May giving a speech on a no-deal Brexit at a factory in Stoke-on-Trent. Photograph:  Ben Birchall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has demanded an explanation from prime minister Theresa May after she warned that a no-deal Brexit could spark “ch(...)

Thomas Kavanagh. File  Photograph: The Irish Times

An Irish man charged with having an illegal stun gun disguised as a torch has appeared in court after his arrest at Birmingham airport. Thomas Kavana(...)

Gardaí and an officer from the National Crime Agency in the UK at a property in the Tamworth area on Saturday. Photograph: National Crime Agency

One of two members of the Kinahan crime cartel arrested at Birmingham airport as part of an investigation by the Garda and UK’s National Crime Agency (...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

Trinity College Dublin librarian and college archivist Helen Shenton with Prof Rachel Moss, head of history of art and architecture at Trinity, with the Book of Durrow. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

Before the Book of Kells, there was the Book of Durrow. This smaller, lesser-known manuscript is an exquisite piece of craftsmanship in its own right (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Karen Bradley’s incomprehension regarding Northern Ireland has met its match on the streets of Belfast, where people cannot comprehend how she got the(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley: “I was slightly scared of Northern Ireland.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Karen Bradley has admitted that before becoming Northern Ireland secretary she was profoundly ignorant of the country’s political divisions and “sligh(...)

A screengrab  shows  a ‘firenado’ engulfing a plastics factory in Swadlincote, England. Photograph: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service/PA Wire

Firefighters have captured the moment a “firenado”, or fire whirl, engulfed a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England. Officers from the fire servic(...)

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