Total will pay $1.6 million to acquire a 40 per cent stake in two exploration licences in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological basin in Lincolnshire, east England, thought to be rich in gas. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s Total SA will become the first oil major to invest in Britain’s fledgling shale sector when it announces plans today to spend about $50 milli(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London, on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

Another week, another chapter in Britain’s immigration debate. Eight years ago Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) ran for election to th(...)

A still image from a video released by the Royal Air Force showing John Wildey flying a plane after the pilot became ill.  Image: Youtube

The Royal Air Force has released video footage showing the moment a man with no experience was forced to land a plane single-handedly earlier this mon(...)

 Local fishing boats pass  the Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner, which is on a one-day visit to Dun Laoghaire today(Wed). The ship belonging to the Cunard Line, is making it’s fifth port of call, on a 10-day cruise of Britain and Ireland.
. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Dún Laoghaire is displaying a distinctly Mediterranean hue today as the flower-bedecked port welcomes an estimated 2,000 visitors from the Cunard Line(...)

Words We Use: Cess

Cess is an interesting little word, used in Scotland, Ireland, and many counties in England from the border to Sussex and Somerset. It means a rate, t(...)

Words we use: Dottle

Dottle is an an interesting word, still used in various dialects in Ireland, Scotland and England. It means a plug, a stopper. Maxwell, a Scott(...)

Video-grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons near the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a soldier was murdered. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

British police have arrested two more people in a hunt for accomplices of two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to d(...)

Kate Adie after she was presented with a certificate of Irish heritage   at a special Waterford Gathering ceremony held in Waterford Castle. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Former BBC Chief News Correspondent, Kate Adie yesterday spoke of her pride at being presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage in recognition (...)

So far, Lincolnshire has seen the erection of more than 70 large turbines, while another 118 are in the pipeline

Three years ago Melvin Grosvenor won a planning battle against the building of eight 125m turbines near his home in Baumber, Lincolnshir(...)

Aidan O’Brien: post-race workouts may not proceed as planned at the Curragh

The opening of the turf flat season may occupy its usual post-Cheltenham/pre-Grand National “twilight zone” in the calendar but this weekend it(...)

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