The Irish rugby squad board the Aer Lingus  aircraft as they head   to the World Cup in England in September. Although it did not end well, the team did well enough in the early stages to become the most-searched  topic on Google Ireland this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Rugby World Cup was the top search item on Irish Google last year. Ireland’s rugby campaign was cut short by a comprehensive defeat to Argentina (...)

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny ... “Why the harsh tone about Greece last Sunday?”Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The politicians will soon be off on their holidays. The country is still standing. There is the odd fire but overall, the leadership is pleased with i(...)

Former British Liberal Democrat Party leader Charles Kennedy  died this week  aged 55. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Former British Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy died as a result of a “major haemorrhage” linked with his battle with alcoholism, a post-mortem(...)

George Osborne, British prime minister David Cameron, Justine Greening and Philip Hammond during prime minister’s question time on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Kennedy, just 10 years old, his lips pursed, his eyes wet with tears, but in control, sat in the public gallery in the House of Commons, the im(...)

Charles Kennedy: colleagues who helped him clear out his Westminster office were  not surprised not to hear from him. It had often been thus in recent decades because of the alcoholism he endured

Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, died yesterday aged 55. A shy man, he retreated into the background after he lost his House o(...)

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy (55) has died at his home. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has died suddenly at home. Mr Kennedy had served as an MP for 32 years but was ousted from his Ross, Sk(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the Glasgow count declarations. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaicin Edinburgh The Scottish National Party has redrawn the political map of Britain with a landslide victory that all but wiped out L(...)

 SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon celebrates in Glasgow as her party secured 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland. Photograph: Getty

The Scottish National Party is on course for a historic landslide after a spectacular surge for Nicola Sturgeon’s party all but wiped out Labour north(...)

Nicola Sturgeon on a helicopter leaving a hotel in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon has begun a whistle-stop tour of a dozen target constituencies across Scotland as the final weekend of election campaigning approaches(...)

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP  Charles Kennedy at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce  business conference at the Titanic building in Belfast last night. Picture: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has insisted Britain is not “dashing” to exit the European Union. Meanwhile, a senior Scottish MP has raise(...)