The UK claimed sovereignty over Rockall in 1955.  Ireland has never recognised that sovereignty. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

The very short time frame between the Scottish government’s unexpected ultimatum regarding Irish vessels fishing within 12 miles of Rockall and its th(...)

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley was criticised for not taking questions from members of the press. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There is a “genuine but narrow window to reach agreement” on restoring the powersharing executive at Stormont, according to the Northern Ireland Secre(...)

Incontinence can be caused by childbirth, long-term cough, constipation, being overweight, pelvic surgery, repeated heavy lifting or menopause. Photograph: iStock

There are nappies in my wardrobe, but I have no children nor a sexual fetish. Instead, I have a problem shared by millions of women (and some men): I (...)

Investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey (left) and Trevor Birney  outside Belfast High Court where a judge has order the police to return documents seized from them by police. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland’s top judge has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Police Service of Northern Ireland for raiding the homes and offices of two journa(...)

PTSB admitted 42 separate breaches of banking codes of practice, covering mortgages between the years 2004 and 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Banks in the Republic face fines of up to €350 million for the tracker mortgage scandal on the basis of the first case to be settled by the Central Ba(...)

British Steel staff have been paid and will continue to be employed, the official receiver said. Photograph: Scott Heppell/Reuters

British Steel was forced into liquidation on Wednesday though Britain’s second largest steelmaker will continue to trade and supply its customers, the(...)

In a detailed briefing today, Simon  Coveney told his Government colleagues that a no-deal Brexit could still be avoided but that the UK government had to come up with a solution and indicate what it wants. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

The threat of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal remains greater than ever, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warn(...)

Also weighing on sterling in recent weeks has been a firmer dollar. Photograph: iStock

Sterling hit a new four-month low of 87.99p against the euro and fell below $1.27 for the first time since mid-January, battered by dollar strength an(...)

Analysis from UBS cautioned investors against making “strong directional trades” in sterling as political uncertainty persists. Photograph: iStock

Sterling dived to a four-month low on Friday after cross-party Brexit talks collapsed and concern grew about the impact prime minister Theresa May’s l(...)

Sterling fell 0.1 per cent versus the euro to 87.34 pence per euro, heading for the longest run of declines since December 2000

Sterling on Thursday headed for the longest losing streak against the euro since the turn of the century as rising UK political risks fanned concern a(...)

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