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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher sometimes reacted in a ‘petulant and dismissive way’ when officials tried to engage her on Northern Ireland affairs. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Margaret Thatcher “switches off” when Northern Ireland comes up during discussions with her officials in Downing Street, an Irish diplomat reported ba(...)

The Birmingham Six with MP Chris Mullin (centre) outside the Old Bailey in London following their release: (from left) John Walker, Paddy Hill, Hugh Callaghan, Richard McIIkenny, Gerry Hunter and William Power. Behind them is Paul Hill of the Guildford Four. Photograph Joe St Leger.

The British government was reluctant to release the Birmingham Six because of pressure from Tory hardliners and concerns it would cause a “scandal” in(...)

The owners of the former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, in Whitehall, Dublin, have been ordered to reassess their plans to build a seven-storey ‘room only’ hotel on the grounds. Image: Google Maps

The owners of the former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, in Whitehall, Dublin, have been ordered to reassess their plans to build an additional sev(...)

Dominic Cummings, special adviser for Boris Johnson, last Friday. Mr Cummings believes the whole of the British establishment needs reforming. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

The UK’s top civil servant is set to stay in Downing Street and oversee a far-reaching shake-up of the government machine planned by British prime min(...)

Legislation to modernise gambling laws would put a cap on prize money of 50 per cent of a bingo hall’s takings on a night, a sharp drop from current prize rates. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bingo halls could be forced to close if new gambling laws capping prize money leads to a drop-off in footfall, bingo operators have warned ahead of a (...)

Wayne Keogh, who has been in custody since the attack, has 102 previous convictions, including assault causing harm.  Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A man who stabbed his mother repeatedly in the back during an argument has been jailed for three years. The blade of the knife used by Wayne Keogh be(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

New UUP leader Stephen Aiken at the party’s  office in Ballyclare. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Politicians often use nautical terminology, though few of them know one end of a boat from the other. And then there is Steve Aiken, the new leader of(...)

Image taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @wazzas of a man who was disrupting a flight due to take off for Dublin from London City Airport. Photograph: Warren Swalbe/PA Wire

An Aer Lingus flight from London City Airport to Dublin was delayed when an activist staged an on-board protest as the plane was due to take off. Ext(...)

Former British soldier Dennis Hutchings rides with ex-serviceman down Whitehall in protest at the prosecution of Soldier F for two killings during the Bloody Sunday massacre. Photograph: Tess De La Mare/PA Wire

Thousands of former servicemen brought parts of central London to a standstill in protest against the prosecution of “Soldier F” for his alleged role (...)

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