Alexander (Aleck) Crichton:  May 9th 1918 - April 18th 2017. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Alexander (Aleck) Crichton had a long life but he never wasted a moment. He was a whiskey magnate who served as governor of Bank of Ireland. A second (...)

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn boards a bus after a campaign event in Sheffield on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The leak of Labour’s draft manifesto was, at first sight, just another shambolic moment in a blunder-strewn campaign. Here was Jeremy Corbyn’s party (...)

 Prime minister with a plan: “Thus far, the UK government has published a detailed White Paper setting out its policy objectives for Brexit.” Photograph: Jane Barlow/AFP/Getty Images

I experienced first-hand the turmoil of mass job losses in 1984, when the British Leyland car assembly plant in which I worked closed. I was among the(...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. An idea in circulation is ‘joint authority’, which the SDLP endorsed in recent weeks as an alternative to direct rule from London. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, British prime minister Theresa May went to Glasgow to affirm fidelity to an idea that has seldom looked shakier. Rejectin(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

Theresa May: The article 50 process that ends with the UK leaving the EU begins with the prime minister notifying the Council of Ministers of the intent to leave. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

They switch on their headlights, rev their engines, and Buzz points to Judy (Natalie Wood): “She signals. We head for the edge. And the first man who (...)

The decision by Britain to leave the EU has thrown up enormous challenges for Ireland. Of all EU member states Ireland is the country most economically exposed to Britain’s imminent departure. Photograph: Walter Zerla/Getty Images

On January 22nd, 1972, the then Irish taoiseach Jack Lynch and British prime minister Edward Heath stood side by side in the grand surroundings of the(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on September 22nd. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

There are three types of refugee in Greece today: Syrians, sun-seekers and citizens. The Syrians seek refuge because they can’t go home. The sun-seek(...)

Danish EU commissioner  Margrethe Vestager: cynical observers could be forgiven for detecting a hint of schadenfreude behind the Apple decision. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/ EPA

The European Commission’s ruling that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland equating to €13 billion over a 10-year period presents one of the (...)

The UK does not have to turn its back on Europe to trade with the Commonwealth. Photograph: Getty Images

The British Commonwealth, that ramshackle totem of former imperial glory, is open for business with post-Brexit Britain. Rekindling trade with English(...)

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