Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former American ambassador Dan Rooney. The US Senate is due to vote today on the appointment of Missouri lawyer Kevin F O’Malley as ambassador to Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Appointment brings to an end longest period US has been without Irish ambassador

File photograph of pedestrians passing the boarded up 74 Grand Street in SoHo that John Dunne is seeking to develop. Photograph: Michael Nagle

Wife and son of bankrupt developer seek renewed permission for altered Soho project

President Barack Obama addresses US soldiers about his strategy to fight the Islamic State at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Brian Blanco/EPA

President insists he will not commit the US to another ground war in fighting IS

US vice-president Joe Biden: criticised by Jewish organisation over his use of words. Photograph:   Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Jewish organisation reprimands gaffe-prone US vice-president

Rory Staunton died in April 2012 after scraping his arm during a basketball game. Photograph: Handout via The New York Times

Democrat calls for more funding to fight condition after death of Rory Staunton (12)

Adrian Peterson is accused of using a branch to slap his son in an incident last May. Photograph: Jeff Curry/USA Today

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson accused of hitting son with branch

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel (left) and joint chiefs of staff chairman Gen Martin Dempsey testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Comments of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff at odds with president’s position

Rory Staunton: who died in 2012 from septic shock after he received a scratch on his arm during a basketball game. Photograph: The “New York Times”

Parents of boy who died from infection campaigning to raise awareness

Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson told an investor conference in Washington that the 12.5 per cent company tax rate will remain as a “sovereign right”.

Ambassador to US tells conference that Ireland will take tax avoidance issue seriously

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