Welsh flag: the political landscape has changed irrevocably since 2009, creating room for a more defined and closer relationship between Dublin and Cardiff. Photograph: Thinkstock

Nearly 10 years ago, the then Welsh first minister, Rhodri Morgan, described the decision of the Government to close the Irish Consulate in Cardiff as(...)

An exit poll predicting that the Conservatives  would not win a majority is projected on to  BBC Broadcasting House in London on Thursday night.  The news that everybody (bar YouGov) had been madly wrong suited broadcasters very nicely. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

There was an unexpected result at the UK general election. Everybody thought there’d be a landslide for the old order, but a fresh, more flexible opti(...)

Two political scientists identified 421 clear, testable pledges made by the two Coalition parties, with 235 from Fine Gael and 186 from Labour. Labour managed to fully or partially fulfil 62 per cent of pledges while Fine Gael implemented 60 per cent of its pledges. File photograph: Getty Images

A detailed analysis of the pledges made by Fine Gael and Labour before the last election shows the two parties partially or fully implemented more tha(...)

 Spectators stand for a minutes silence to pay tribute to the victims of last week’s Tunisia beach attack on Murray Mound during Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships  in London today.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Britain observed a minute’s silence on Friday as part of an official day of mourning for the tourists killed in a massacre on a Tunisian beach last w(...)

Ukip believes this can be its breakthrough election, but the first-past-the-post system may yet undo the party’s electoral ambitions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Standing before an audience in the Institute of Government overlooking The Mall near Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning, Dr Stephen Fisher from Tri(...)

British energy minister Matthew Hancock. The legislation before the Commons seeks to maximise ‘the economic recovery’ of the UK’s energy resources, including shale gas. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Shale gas exploration in the UK should be put on hold because it poses environmental threats and is incompatible with agreed climate-change targets(...)

Experts said the North-South plan  would cost €810 million if the cables were put underground, compared with €140 million over ground, Mr Rabbitte said. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has rejected Opposition criticism of the Government’s decision to exclude the proposed North-South electricity connec(...)

David Thornley, political analyst and later practising politician, with Charlie McCreevy. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Public policy-making in developed democracies is linked more and more to research findings about the impact and cost of particular policies, even thou(...)