Lisa Smith: Her most likely exit from the al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria is with the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lisa Smith has made a complex diplomatic situation even more difficult by doing media interviews in which she continues to stop well short of stepping(...)

 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on espionage charges in 2016, at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport as she prepared to board a plane with her daughter back to the UK after visiting relatives. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran on spying charges – has begun a new hunger strike, her husband has said. Richar(...)

 Seamus Mallon in 1984 holding up a picture taken of the bugging equipment found in the house in Dublin where he stayed occasionally. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Reading Seamus Mallon’s new memoir, A Shared Home Place, has transported me back to my short but educational career as a hitchhiker during the mid-198(...)

Photograph: Jena Ardell/Moment/Getty

The architecture of our intimate lives is changing. Irish couples have more choice than ever about how they want to design their relationships, and th(...)

Gemma Tipton: ‘At school in England we hadn’t studied history as a separate subject, but we had grown up surrounded by the idea that Britain was great, and that everyone was really pleased when we came along to colonise them’

My memories of England in 1977 are of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee and a lot of red, white and blue, in the form of cheerily fluttering flags(...)

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

Anti-Brexit campaigners Madeleina Kay and Drew Galdron,  a Boris Johnson impersonator who goes by the name FauxBoJo, in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Simon Foy

Anti-Brexit campaigners seeking a second referendum on EU membership stopped off in Dublin on Monday as part of their tour of the UK and other Europea(...)

Stalag XXA: Cpl Tom McGrath, who escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Photograph courtesy family collection

Until two years ago Tom McGrath had no idea that his father had served in the British army in the second World War. Neither did he know that Tom snr h(...)

Simon Coveney: ‘If people are going to try and pull that deal down, they need to think very carefully about the consequences’. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney said it was too early to say whether British prime minister, Theresa May will succeed in gett(...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD launches a new joint report from the British embassy Dublin and Cork Chamber to promote economic opportunity between UK and south west Ireland.  Above, British  ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett and Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO. Photograph: Darragh Kane

International financial services and information communications technology are two areas of economic activity in which Cork can forge closer links wit(...)

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