Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham: “The culture is still that Westminster holds all the power and all the money.” Photograph:  Jacob King/PA

The coronavirus crisis has from the beginning revealed the limits of Westminster’s reach, as devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Irel(...)

Paddy Terry: his career was one of high achievement. It was also unique in that it continued long after normal retirement age and spanned over 70 years of public service.

Paddy Terry (March 11th, 1920 – September 28th, 2020), a former senior official in the Department of Justice and parliamentary draftsman in the Attorn(...)

 Dr Owen Worth, of the University of Limerick told a conference on the rise of right wing extremism that while hate crime is rising in Ireland, Celtic nationalism was lacking in ‘destructive elements’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Online anti-immigrant sentiment is well established in Ireland but a successful far right political organisation is much less likely to gain traction,(...)

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s  campaign has successfully engaged the very essence of anti-establishment: youth.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

We are constantly told that the successes of Brexit and Donald Trump were the result of an “anti-establishment” attack. This is problematic in that Tr(...)

 Family and schoolmates of missing passengers of Sewol ferry accident wailing during a gathering at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea. Photograph: Yang Ji-Woong/EPA

Amateur video footage has emerged of passengers waiting inside the capsizing South Korea ferry whicle questions have been raised about a dela(...)