Precisely because Catholics are a minority in Britain, there is not the baggage associated with the church’s position in Ireland and decades of close ties with the State and a dominant role in national life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decisive vote last May to remove article 40.3.3 banning abortion from Bunreacht na hÉireann has generally come to be seen as dramatically underlin(...)

Brexit has shown that what applies to London does not reflect the UK as a whole. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

It is often forgotten that not all the Irish in the UK came just to find work, but for a range of personal reasons. Some came to join a partner, other(...)

Ferry Cross the Mersey: If you are in the docklands area, you can take the “ferry cross the Mersey” to Birkenhead or stroll down the riverside, looking across at the Wirral.  Photograph: Getty Images

Saturday morning Have a cultural morning at some of Liverpool’s many free tourist attractions. In the city you’ll find the World Museum, Central Libr(...)