Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C


This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
Former leader of the SNP in Westminster, Ian Blackford, to stand down at next UK general election
Blackford stood down from his role heading up the Scottish National Party at Westminster in December in what some people described as a coup.
Last month
May 2023
# indyref2
Thousands attend independence march in Glasgow
The march started at around 11:30am, as the coronation of King Charles was taking place.
April 2023
'Nothing could be further from truth': Sturgeon says police probe into SNP isn't why she walked
The former Scottish first minister was speaking to reporters at Holyrood today.
# colin beattie
SNP treasurer held in finance probe released without charge
Colin Beattie was questioned by Police Scotland detectives today.
# Scotland
Key ally rejects calls for Nicola Sturgeon to be suspended from the SNP
A spokeswoman for Sturgeon said she would stay away from Holyrood this week as her successor is due to set out his priorities.
# Scottish National Party
Sturgeon says she will ‘fully co-operate’ with police following husband's arrest
Former SNP chief Peter Murrell was released on Wednesday evening without charge pending further investigation.
# Scottish National Party
SNP auditors resign amid Police Scotland investigation into the party's finances
It’s reported that accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael took the decision after reviewing its client portfolio.
# Peter Murrell
Why are Police Scotland investigating SNP finances? And who is Peter Murrell?
Police remain outside the home of Sturgeon and Murrell after the former SNP chief executive was arrested and then released without charge yesterday.
# Peter Murrell
Sturgeon to ‘fully co-operate’ with police as husband released without charge
Murrell, 58, stepped down as chief executive of the party during the recent leadership campaign.
March 2023
# Holyrood
Failed SNP candidate Kate Forbes to leave Scottish government
Forbes is believed to have been offered the rural affairs ministry job but turned it down.
# Scottish First Minister
Humza Yousaf to be confirmed as Scotland’s next first minister after winning SNP leader race
The 37-year-old will be formally elected by MSPs as Scotland’s sixth first minister today.
Explainer: Who is Humza Yousaf, the new leader of Scotland's ruling party?
Here’s everything you need to know about the soon-to-be First Minister.
# First Minister
Humza Yousaf promises to bring 'independence for Scotland' as he's elected SNP leader in tight vote
Nicola Sturgeon announced in February that she would resign after more than eight years.
Controversial Kate Forbes leads poll ahead of vote for next leader of Scotland's ruling party
Three contenders are running to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish First Minister.
# Scotland
Man who posted on social media about assassination of Nicola Sturgeon to be sentenced today
William Curtis, 70, was found guilty of sending threatening messages to Sturgeon after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.
February 2023
# Scotland
Poll shows controversial Scottish political candidate front runner for leadership among voters
Despite the findings of the Panelbase poll the leadership will be decided by SNP members rather than the electorate at large.
# Runners and Riders
Here are the three contenders to become Scotland's first minister
Humza Yousaf, Kate Forbes and Ash Regan are in the running to replace Nicola Sturgeon.
# Leadership Race
Kate Forbes feels 'burdened' by offence caused by religious views but will continue in SNP race
The Scottish Finance Secretary came under fire after she said she would not have voted for equal marriage.
# Kate Forbes
SNP leadership hopeful still running ‘at the moment’ amid controversy over religious views
Kate Forbes, running to be the leader of the SNP, attracted criticism after she said she would not have voted for same sex marriage.
# Nicola Sturgeon
'The time is now': Nicola Sturgeon steps down amid recent 'choppy waters'
She insisted a few weeks ago that she had ‘plenty left in the tank’, but now leaves amid recent ‘short-term pressures’.
Last year
# indyref2
SNP to apply to intervene in Supreme Court indyref2 case
The SNP’s national executive committee said the party has the ‘legal standing’ to put forward its political case.
All time
# indyref 2
Sturgeon tells Johnson it is ‘when not if’ for a second Scottish independence vote
The Scottish First Minister spoke to Boris Johnson by phone on Sunday after the SNP’s victory in the Holyrood election.
# indyref 2
Sturgeon tells Johnson not to block Indyref2 after 'emphatic' SNP election win
The SNP failed to secure an overall majority, but the Greens’ success could lead to a majority among pro-independence parties.
# Ian Blackford
SNP MPs to vote against Brexit trade deal, branded a ‘disaster for Scotland’
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused the Conservatives of having “sold out Scottish fishing all over again”.
Scottish MP who made train journeys with Covid-19 symptoms defiant as Sturgeon says she must resign
Margaret Ferrier has said she’ll keep fighting for her constituents despite the controversy.
# Scotland
SNP Westminster leader calls for 'legitimate and legal route' to Scottish independence
It is the latest in a series of calls for a second referendum on independence.
# Derek MacKay
Scottish Finance Secretary quits over reports he messaged 16-year-old boy hundreds of times
Derek Mackay allegedly sent 270 social media messages to a 16-year-old.
'Democracy will prevail': Nicola Sturgeon demands second Scottish independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon has formally requested the power for Holyrood to hold a second independence vote.
# no messing around
Nicola Sturgeon to publish 'case for Scottish independence referendum this week'
Sturgeon says that Scotland is ‘facing a Tory government that we didn’t vote for’.
# indyref2
'Scotland can't be imprisoned': Tories facing showdown over refusal to back new independence vote
The Conservatives have said they will “absolutely” not hold another independence referendum in Scotland.
# now what
Election results bring Irish unity and Scottish independence back to the fore
After an SNP surge and a DUP collapse, what happens now?
# Brexit
An independent Scotland could rejoin the EU relatively quickly, says Nicola Sturgeon
Sturgeon has already said she wants a fresh ballot on independence to take place in the second half of 2020.
# alternative arrangement
UK opposition parties 'set to offer' Boris Johnson route to snap election before Christmas
Johnson will attempt to call an election for a third time tomorrow.
# second referendum
Nicola Sturgeon to request power to hold new Scottish independence vote
The First Minister said work was being done to update the “independence prospectus”.
# Scotland
Alex Salmond charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted rape
Salmond was the First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014.
# the other border
Indyref 2? The Brexit deal has put Scottish independence on the agenda again
The SNP is using the chaos in Downing Street to advance the case for another vote.
# Allegations
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond resigns from SNP party amid harassment claims
Police have reportedly been asked to investigate allegations he sexually assaulted two staff members.
# Alex Salmond
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond denies allegations of sexual misconduct
Police have reportedly been asked to investigate allegations he sexually assaulted two staff members.
# shots fired
Nicola Sturgeon calls large Tory win in UK election 'a horrifying prospect'
Meanwhile, Theresa May has said a potential alliance of opposition parties would be a “coalition of chaos”.
# oh snap
Theresa May's to lose? Here's how the main parties measure up ahead of the UK election
The Conservatives will hope to win another majority over Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP.