Women walk past snow-covered phone boxes in Braemar in the Scottish Highlands. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Travel was disrupted, households suffered power cuts and schools were shut as heavy snow swept across the UK on Thursday, the union’s coldest day for (...)

Annie Besant filled halls across Britain as one of the National Secular Society’s most effective public speakers, and worked as a journalist for the National Reformer.

In 1874, Annie Besant left her controlling husband and reinvented herself as one of Victorian Britain’s leading activists. Fifteen years later, she re(...)

Haulier Stephen Heasley  at Manfreight  in Portadown, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times

6.10pm, Wednesday Stephen Heasley carries out a few final checks at the back of the lorry to make sure the load is secure. As a cold mist drifts dow(...)

Jack’s is named after Jack Cohen, who in 1919 founded the business that became Tesco. Photograph: Alys Key/PA Wire

Tesco is going head-to-head with fast-growing German discounters Aldi and Lidl on price with a new grocery store it says will be the cheapest in town.(...)

View through a gate at Johnstown Castle to the visitors centre. Photograph: Mary Browne

As another National Heritage Week draws to a close, it’s clear that Ireland’s relationship to “the big house” has evolved considerably since the days (...)

Calie Du Mesnil ridden by David Mullins (centre) on the way to winning the Guinness Novice Hurdle at Galway. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Having been out of action for over 16 months prior to Monday, Limini makes a quick Galway turnaround on Friday evening. The Cheltenham festival-winn(...)

 A London bus travels through the snow in Oxford Street in central London, Britain. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Four people have been killed in separate crashes in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire as wintry conditions have swept across Britain. Snowfall across t(...)

Connie Inglis was given weeks to live due to her severe anorexia. Photograph: Connie Inglis/BBC/PA

A student who was given weeks to live due to her severe anorexia says she used social media to spread the message that “no matter how hard it gets, th(...)

Undated handout photo issued by Lincolnshire Police of a caravan which men were forced to live in by the Rooneys. Photograph: Lincolnshire Police/PA

Eleven members of an Traveller family with Irish roots have been jailed in the UK for violently exploiting at least 18 victims of modern slavery. The(...)

Flowerpickers near Holbeach, England. “...as if globalisation, outsourcing and automation would all magically disappear if only there were fewer Romanians picking strawberries in Lincolnshire.” Photograph: Getty Images

Whoever leaked the British government’s blueprint for post-Brexit immigration has done us all a great service. True, we don’t know what motive led the(...)

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