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 Scottish National Party (SNP) leader and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks with members of the media at the count centre in Glasgow on December. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon has claimed the election success of the Scottish National Party (SNP) gives her a “renewed, refreshed and strengthened” mandate for a(...)

Former Scottish first minister  Alex Salmond: “I refute these allegations of criminality and I will defend myself to the utmost in court,” he said.  Photograph:   Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Alex Salmond, former first minister of Scotland and one of the most important figures in modern Scottish politics, appeared in court on Thursday to fa(...)

Irish writer Patrick Holloway with his daughter in Brazil.

I have no idea how someone has the courage to consciously decide to move abroad, as I’ve never been able to do that. It was something that just seemed(...)

New Northern Secretary Julian Smith: he is described by those who know him as someone of intellect and capability. Photograph: Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s appointment of Julian Smith as the new Northern Secretary earned a speedy and predictably jaundiced response from Sinn Féin Assembly m(...)

Sean Hehir is among those to have been championing the Daily Mile here. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Shane Ross popped his head up in the Dáil again this week, the Minister for Sport singing his own praises, as he usually does, on the early implementa(...)

Unite’s national officer, Dominick Hook, warned Capita’s proposals have far-reaching consequences for many members: “Some staff will lose a shocking 70 per cent of their retirement income.”  Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Staff at Capita in Belfast and other centres began voting in a strike ballot on Monday on pension changes that trade union Unite claims will cut some (...)

SNP leader and first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon: she has hailed the start of “a new conversation” to gauge Scottish views on Brexit, Europe and independence. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

At the Scottish National Party’s spring conference in March, leader Nicola Sturgeon was greeted with rapturous applause when she announced a new drive(...)

Scottish National Party MP Angus Robertson is favourite to win the race to become the party’s deputy leader. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

It is not long since Scottish National Party conferences were low-key affairs held in hotels in small towns such as Oban and Dunoon. Now the SNP mee(...)

Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of child serial killer Robert Black, who has died in prison in Northern Ireland aged 68. File photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Paedophile and serial child killer Robert Black has died in Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim, the North’s prison service has confirmed. It appears the (...)

 Lamara Bell, a woman who lay in a crashed car beside her partner for three days, despite the accident being reported days earlier to Scottish police, has died.  Photograph: Police Scotland/PA Wire

A woman who lay in a crashed car beside her partner for three days, despite the crash being reported days earlier to Scottish police, has died. Lamara(...)

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