Scotland’s finance minister Derek Mackay   with first minister Nicola Sturgeon: Mr Mackay sent hundreds of  messages to a 16-year-old boy. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

Scotland’s finance minister resigned on Thursday, hours before he was due to present his budget, after reports that he sent hundreds of unsolicited me(...)

 Police sources believe that the bombers attached the device to the wrong trailer. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

A dissident republican bomb found in a lorry in Co Armagh was intended to blow up on board a ferry “around the time the UK left the EU” on Brexit day.(...)

Scottish independence supporters march through Edinburgh during an All Under One Banner demonstration on October 5th. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

More than 100,000 people are estimated to have attended a pro-Scottish independence march through the streets of Edinburgh. Groups and organisations(...)

Valley in the Scottish Highlands near Glencoe, Scotland. Photograph: iStock

A woman has died after being struck by lightning while walking on a mountain range in the Highlands in Scotland. The 55-year-old, who has not been (...)

 Floral tributes have been arriving at the Mosque on Dublin’s South Circular Road after the atrocity in New Zealand. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Abusive and threatening behaviour towards Muslim women has prompted a group of them to try to set up a network of safe places in Dublin where women ca(...)

Snow capped Ben Nevis. Photograph: iStock

Three climbers have died and another has been injured after an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Police Scotland were alerted to the(...)

The group claims it posted five devices to addresses in Britain, however only four have been discovered. Photograph. Robert Perry/EPA

A group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for the incendiary devices sent to three London transport hubs and a Glasgow university last(...)

  Police, Fire and Rescue and Bomb disposal teams investigate a suspicious package reported to be in the Glasgow University mailroom, in Glasgow on Wednesday. Photograph. Robert Perry/EPA

Scottish police have carried out a controlled explosion on a parcel sent to the University of Glasgow on Wednesday, and said they were linking it to t(...)

Former Scottish first minister  Alex Salmond (centre) leaves court in Edinburgh on Thursday after being charged with two counts of attempted rape and other offences including sexual assault. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland and one of the most prominent figures in modern Scottish politics, has been charged with two count(...)

A fatal  single-vehicle bus crash happened on the A6089, between Carfraemill and Gordon, at about 10.50am on Saturday. File photograph: Google Street View

One man has died and 23 people have been taken to hospital after a bus overturned in the Scottish Borders. The single-vehicle crash happened on the (...)

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