The Old Cottage, Farnagh, Co Longford.

People move house for a variety of reasons, many of which are to do with their work. For Seymour Platt, the decision to move to Longford 15 years ago (...)

Sylvia Hermon during the 2017 Westminster election count. Photograph:  Brian Little/PressEye

Whoever wins North Down will depend largely on where Sylvia Hermon’s votes go. What Green, Sinn Féin and SDLP voters do will also have a bearing on th(...)

Nigel Owens on duty during the Ireland  versus New Zealand game at the Aviva Stadium on November 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Time was when Nigel Owens was announced as the referee for any match involving Ireland or one of the four provinces, this was welcomed by the teams an(...)

Fine Gael leadership hopefuls Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. “The history of party politics has shown us that healthy leadership tussles can be destructive forces.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In May 1994 two prominent Labour MPs sat down for a meal in the Granita restaurant in Islington, north London. They were the leading contenders for th(...)

Of the many characters caught up in the 1960s sex and spying saga of the Profumo scandal, Mandy Rice-Davies, who has died aged 70, managed to make the(...)