Former Republican presidential candidate   John Kasich: A campaign source close to the Ohio governor ruled out the possibility of the him serving as   Donald Trump’s running mate. Photograph: JD Pooley/Getty

Donald Trump assured of Republican Party nomination after final rival drops out

Donald Trump pays tribute to rival Ted Cruz at his victory party in Trump Tower in Manhattan, describing him as “one hell of a competitor”. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Trump adds midwest to his victories putting him in pole position to face Clinton

Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee in light of a resounding win for Donald Trump (right) in Indiana.

Resounding Indiana victory turns focus to November presidential election and Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump greets his supporters  at a campaign rally in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Billionaire Republican converts life-long Indiana Democrats with ‘strong arm’ plans

Donald Trump: Indiana primary win deals crushing blow to Ted Cruz’s presidential dreams.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Whitehouse hopeful sees off challenge from Texas senator Ted Cruz in midwest state

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz: “Donald Trump alleges that my Dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Now let’s be clear: this is nuts, this is not a reasonable position, this is just kooky,” he said. Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Texan attacks billionaire for repeating tabloid allegation that his father knew Oswald

Cruz control: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on a campaign stopover in Osceola, Indiana. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Texan fights rearguard action in US midwest to prevent billionaire securing nomination

Supporting Donald Trump at the California Republican Convention in Burlingame, California on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Turning tide indicates how politicians are slowly catching up with grassroots voters

Former speaker John Boehner: “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”Photograph: EPA

War of words between Texas senator and ex-US congressional leader John Boehner

Hillary Clinton has 88 per cent of the delegates needed to win the Democratic belt and she leads in the polls in California. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

Favourites move closer to presidential title fight with decisive victories in the north east

 Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher  reads the 1916 Proclamation at the ceremony in Washington

Sculpture of 19th century Irish rebel commemorated at event marking 1916 Rising

A bus carrying supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders drives down Broad Street during Pennsylvania’s primary election  in Philadelphia. Photograph:   Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images

At polling stations in Philadelphia, Trump and Sanders supporters had plenty to say

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) and his wife Mary Pat (R) listen as Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during Trump’s five state primary night event in New York City on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Clinton scores four out of five north-eastern state victories forcing Sanders to change tack

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Clinton faces uphill climb to rally Sanders’s youthful support if she wins Democratic race

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers an impassioned plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Activist delivers landmark speech to world body 30 years after nuclear disaster

Donald Trump speaking in Rhode Island: ‘If you collude in business, or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail, but in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you are allowed to collude.’ Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Billionaire brands rivals as ‘weak’ and ‘pathetic’ for deal splitting remaining states

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: told New York gathering it was “no accident” the US was the only country mentioned in  1916 Proclamation: five of  seven signatories  had spent time in  US. Photograph: James Higgins

Old Irish republican calls Proclamation a ‘work in progress’ as goals remain unfulfilled

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  declined to comment on negotiations around the potential scrapping of water charges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Environment says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ‘need to do their deal’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pennsylvania on Thursday. Each state contest in this head-turning presidential election reveals new types of Trump supporters. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

America Letter: His appeal is winning votes from all, including Irish and Scots-Irish

Malachy McAllister (left) walking with Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at the St Patricks Day parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan last month

Belfast man has been engaged in a decades-long fight for full residency

US president Barack Obama is expected to voice his opposition to a British exit from the European Union during his visit to Britain beginning on Thursday night. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president will offer arguments against Britain leaving EU if asked during UK visit

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks following victory in the New York state primary: his 60 per cent score in New York State was his highest level of support in his campaign so far. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Success of New York primaries pushes front-runners closer to party nominations

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both increased their leads in the race for the Democratic and Republican candicacy. Photograph: EPA/NYT

Republican and Democratic frontrunners tighten their grips on party nominations

Intel’s campus in Santa Clara, California.  The US firm announced plans  to cut up to 12,000 jobs worldwide. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

US firm is to cut 12,000 jobs worldwide due to falling sales of personal computers

Hillary and Bill Clinton at a campaign stop with Irish American supporters in Manhattan on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Clintons enjoy Irish hospitality in New York at final campaign event before state primary

Bill Clinton with his wife Hillary during a campaign event at Fitzpatrick’s Grand Central Hotel in New York. Photograph: James Higgins

Ex-president says it’s better for parties not to ‘hold firm’ as Ireland needs a government

 New York could also inject a new momentum behind the leader in the Republican race, businessman Donald Trump, in his bid to be the party’s nominee. He has 744 delegates to 559 for Texas senator Ted Cruz. Photograph: Christopher Lee/The New York Times

Empire State could reignite Donald Trump’s White House bid and propel Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Their debate  was the shouty, testy affair you would expect from a debate in New  York. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Feisty encounter between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sets nasty tone for party

Ohio governor John Kasich is last in the Republican presidential race and sees a contested convention as his only hope. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Voters seem to like the Ohio governor. But so far hardly anyone has voted for him

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as rival candidate Senator Bernie Sanders tries to hand her a piece of paper during a Democratic debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. Photograph: Reuters

Ferocious exchanges between candidates before state’s make-or-break primary

Corey Lewandowski, campaign manager for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at a rally in Wisconsin, the US. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Attorneys say there is insufficient evidence against man accused of grabbing reporter

Gov John Kasich of Ohio, a Republican presidential hopeful: “They’re going to pay back-taxes and maybe other fines. We want to give them a path to legalisation, not to citizenship.” Photograph: Zach Gibson/New York Times

Ohio governor John Kasich would as president offer legalisation, not citizenship

Young Bernie Sanders supporters hold Bernie posters before the campaign rally at Washington Square Park in New York on Wednesday night.  Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Democratic candidate fires up millennials at Manhattan mega-rally ahead of key primary

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:  He leads in state primaries and caucuses   so far,  but the odds of the businessman reaching the majority of 1,237 pledged delegates to clinch the nomination in the first ballot at the national convention in July have declined. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Billionaire brands presidential nominating process ‘a scam’ and ‘a disgrace’

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after a campaign rally in Albany, New York: the businessman told supporters the electoral system is “rigged, disgusting and dirty”. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Political outsiders running in White House race decry the rules of an insider’s game

Former US president Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife among Irish-Americans in New York on Tuesday night. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Former US president campaigns for his wife among Irish-Americans in New York

Leslie Odum jnr, from the Broadway musical Hamilton, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and New York  mayor Bill de Blasio perform at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner on Saturday. Photograph: David Handschuh/The Inner Circle Via AP

Racially charged gag backfires as Democrat forced to defend attempt at political satire

Workers examine the broken joists of the fourth story balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California. Photograph: The New York Times

Three Irish women stepped off balcony moments before collapse

A woman reacts as US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past following a campaign event   in Rochester, New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Cruz sweeps all 34 Colorado delegates leading to Trump lashing out at party

Hillary Clinton takes a selfie  at a rally  in Baltimore, Maryland,  on Sunday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Former president’s crime and welfare Bills attacked by Black Lives Matter protesters

Donald Trump: not since Barry Goldwater has the Republican establishment so railed against a candidate as it has against Trump. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

A contested convention may see unusual tactics to win over unbound party delegates

Former US president Bill Clinton said he “almost” wanted to apologise for his response to Black Lives Matters protesters at a rally in support of his wife in Philadelphia. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Former president addresses feisty exchange at campaign rally for his wife in Philadelphia

Former INLA prisoner Malachy McAllister walking in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade alongside Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams.

Malachy McAllister who fled North in 1988 ordered to leave after decades-long fight

Hillary Clinton mixed with New Yorkers on the number 4 subway train in the Bronx in another effort by the Democratic candidate to show a more common touch. Photograph: Richard Perry/ The New York Times

Trump jabs Cruz on ‘New York values’ insult as Sanders, Clinton spar on fitness to lead

Hillary  Clinton’s support of the Panama trade deal, which Bernie  Sanders (above) challenged in the US senate, was one reason why she should not be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, he said. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

Names of wealthy Americans appear in law firm files as officials to target shell companies

Ted Cruz embracing his wife Heidi Cruz during a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. He won 36 of the 42 nominee-choosing delegates in Wisconsin’s Republican primary. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Wisconsin deals heavy defeats to frontrunners and complicates races

Republican candidate Ted Cruz arrives for a Wisconsin primary night rally at the American Serb Banquet Hall in Milwaukee. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Hillary Clinton reminds media that she is still leading the Democratic race

A company logo is seen at a Pfizer office in Dublin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

US drugs giant and Dublin firm to call off proposed merger over curbs to stop tax deals

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have defeated Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin presidential primary elections. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/Katherine Taylor/EPA

Losses dealt to frontrunners as prospect of Republican convention fight raised

Donald Trump: has proposed using anti-terror surveillance law to cut off a portion of funds sent to Mexico through money transfers. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

US president: Constant questions from foreign leaders about ‘wackier’ GOP proposals

US President Barack Obama hit out at corporate “inversions” - the practice of US companies moving overseas in tax-avoiding paper-based mergers - calling them “one of the most insidious loopholes out there.”

President talks up anti-inversion curbs that analysts believe will kill off Irish-based Pfizer-Allergan mega-deal

The former Anglo Irish Bank offices in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish bank’s Vienna branch offered clients a ‘lower profile’ alternative to Switzerland

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP Photo

Midwestern state likely to decide whether Republicans are facing contested convention

US treasury secretary Jack Lew said  the new restrictions would “further rein in inversions and reduce the ability of companies to avoid taxes”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Measures have the potential to jeopardise ‘inversion’ of Pfizer with Allergan

Holding a poster of Ted Cruz ahead of the primaries. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The New York Times

Republicans rubbish Ohio governor’s chance of winning party nomination at convention

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign rally at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. The state’s  voters go to the polls for the Republican  primary on Tuesday. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The first week without a ballot since Iowa has been horrific for the Republican frontrunner

Bill Clinton at an Irish-American event in New York City: He implored political opponents to find common ground in a speech that evoked the 1916 Proclamation of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Peter Foley

Northern Ireland would get ‘whacked’ by Brexit, former president tells Irish audience

Marco Rubio and Donald Trump: Trump retweeted a photo posted last week by a supporter mocking the appearance of Rubio’s wife. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla

Rubio has written to party leaders in 21 states and territories where he won delegates saying he wants to retain them

The district attorney’s office hired an outside company to take the two balconies and placed them side by side in a warehouse where the experts could go over exactly what happened to cause balcony collapse. Photograph: The New York Times

Announcement comes after DA concludes lack of evidence to bring criminal charges

People stand in silence during a memorial for those who lost their lives after a balcony gave way in Berkeley, California,  June 17th, 2015. File photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

District attorney’s investigation improves chances for families in US civil legal actions

A process known as “destructive testing” of the structures at the spot from which the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens apartment block on Kittredge Street near downtown Berkeley is carried out by experts. Photograph: Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Nine-month investigation by California prosecutor leads to no criminal charges

Broken wooden supports are exposed after the collapse of a balcony at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California, in June of last year. Five Dublin J1 visa students and an Irish-American woman  died in the incident. File photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

‘Insufficient evidence’ to bring manslaughter charges over tragedy, says US district attorney

Crowd control: President Obama at the baseball game between Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team, in Havana. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Weekend Read: The US president’s historic visit to Cuba this week was a victory lap for his doctrine of diplomacy. But it's one of(...)

Heidi and Ted Cruz: The senator and Donald Trump have escalated their bitter campaign feud, taking to social media in fight over their wives. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

‘Snivelling coward’ has a go at ‘Lyin’ Ted’ in Republican boys’ locker room

Eamon Gilmore: “As we know from our own experience in Ireland, you can set target dates, but you can’t always get everything into the jar by that date.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Former tánaiste in Cuba trying to broker an end to Colombia’s 52-year conflict

 US president Barack Obama  and Cuban president Raúl Castro  at a baseball exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, in Havana. Photograph: Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Barack Obama and family go to a baseball game with Cuban president Raúl Castro

Cuban president Raúl Castro   attends US president Barack Obama’s speech at the  Gran Teatro in Havana, Cuba: Mr Obama said  there was “an evolution” and “a generational change” taking place inside Cuba. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/AP

US president compares America and Cuba to estranged brothers during speech in Havana

A woman sports a T-shirt in the livery of the US flag while riding pillion on a motorcycle in Havana. Photograph: Getty Images

Longing for access to cheaper food hitched to national goodwill towards US president

US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro: Mr Obama said the list of the things the White House could do to ease restrictions outside of ending the embargo was “growing shorter.” Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US president hails first visit by an American leader to Cuba in 88 years as a ‘new day’

US president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arriving in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. They were accompanied by their daughters Malia and Sasha. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

First sitting US president to visit island in 88 years lands in Havana to rebuild political ties

US president Barack Obama accepts a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president finds a welcome modern application for 1916 Proclamation

Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams outside St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York yesterday. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

White House chief of staff and Secret Service director brief US congressmen on incident

“This is unbelievable,” said an emotional Brendan Fay, the co-founder of the group, the Lavender & Green Alliance (marching above), who fought for 25 years for the parade to be opened up to gay groups. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Lavender & Green Alliance fought for 25 years for parade to be opened to gay groups

Michael Flatley performing during the opening of his show ‘Celtic Tiger’ in 2006.

Dancer addresses American Ireland Fund gala before final performance

Hillary Clinton will almost certainly be the Democratic nominee. Photograph: AP

Third Super Tuesday voting round solidifies front-runner status of two leading candidates

Gerry Adams was due to attend the annual White House event, hosted by president Barack Obama, with party deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin ‘will not sit at the back of the bus’, leader says after White House incident

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland stands with US president Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President sets up battle with Republicans as he names US appeals judge Merrick Garland

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Palm Beach after winning the Florida primary. Photograph: EPA

Marco Rubio drops out but John Kasich’s home victory complicates Republican race

US president Barack Obama speaks to reporters as he welcomes Taoiseach  Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House,  Washington, March 15th, 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Each Fianna Fáil member has responsibility to form stable government, says Taoiseach

US president Barack Obama smiles as acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny presents him with a bowl shamrock during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington DC. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.

Acting Taoiseach jokes he wished he did not have to return to ‘to face what I have to face’

US president Barack Obama  at the annual Friends of Ireland Lunch at the US Capitol in Washington, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the table,  March 15th, 2016. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US Speaker Paul Ryan warms up Taoiseach and Barack Obama at St Patrick’s Day lunch

US president Barack Obama  smiles as he waits for reporters to enter the room as he welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Enda Kenny meets president in Oval Office during US visit for St Patrick’s Day

 A protester  is surrounded by Donald Trump supporters as he tries to disrupt a rally for Republican presidential candidate  in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday. Photograh: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images

Billionaire’s fans see him crushing home senator Marco Rubio in Florida primary

President Barack Obama consults with director of speechwriting Cody Keenan and senior presidential speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office

President’s St Patrick’s Day speech his 30th set of remarks geared for an Irish audience

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: he returns to Ireland  to fight 33 charges against him. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Nearly seven years after he took refuge in Massachusetts, an ex-banker returns

Donald Trump speaks at campaign rally on Saturday in Cleveland. The inflammatory candidate dismissed anti-Trump protesters in Chicago as ‘an organised group of thugs’. Photograph: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Rubio’s Floridians, pushing the senator as a unifier rather than a divider, fear the effect of Trump-induced violence at rallies (...)

Irish ambassador Anne Anderson said the membership was rare occasions ‘when we feel the ground shift and witness the arc of history bend a little’. File photograph: Marty Katz

Anne Anderson says Ireland has ‘fallen short’ on 1916 goals for women’s rights

Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), speaks during a news conference with  Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon  (l), in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Terry O’Sullivan links Irish Easter Rising with current battle against US Republicans

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan  outside the US Supreme Court  in Washington DC. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Republican Paul Ryan speaks to ‘Irish Times’ ahead of his first St Patrick’s Day lunch

Donald Trump  speaks during a news conference with Ben Carson on Friday: the retired neurosurgeon has endorsed Mr Trump after ending his own campaign last week. Photograph:   Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Ex-presidential candidate boosts billionaire’s chances in Tuesday’s five big-state contests

US Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Donald Trump attend the Republican National Committee Presidential Primary Debate at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center. Photograph: Cristobal Herrera/EPA

Candidates argue over Cuba, Islamic ‘hate’ in last debate before five big-state primaries

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Representative Richard Neal  rally with supporters at Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Democratic frontrunner beat Bernie Sanders by scoring big wins in Boston and Springfield

Democratic US presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton pose before the start of the  Democratic US presidential candidates debate in  Florida on Wednesday. Photograph: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Senator’s staying power means front-runner cannot pivot yet to general election voters

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the eighth Democratic presidential debate hosted by Latin TV network Univision in Miami. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Democrat angrily dismisses debate question on dropping out if indicted over email issue

Democratic US presidential nomination candidate Bernie Sanders: “The people’s revolution that we’re talking about . . . is strong in every part of the country.”Photograph: Carlo Allegri

Three victories for Donald Trump show party elite cannot hurt billionaire candidate

Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders scored a surprise win over frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Michigan while  Donald Trump made further advances in the race to be the Republican presidential nominee in November’s election with convincing primary ballot victories in Michigan and Mississippi last night. Photographs: Reuters, EPA

Democratic and Republican insurgents post victories in latest US presidential contests

Trooper Sean Cullen: was stationed in the south New Jersey town of Bellmawr near the Pennsylvania border

Trooper Sean Cullen hit by car while attending scene of fire on a motorway

A boy passes a mural in Yemen: Fulfilling a commitment made by President Barack Obama in 2013, the US government plans to release details of the number of militant suspects and civilians killed in drone strikes since 2009. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty

White House to publish data ‘in the coming weeks’ in effort to improve transparency

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders speak  during the candidates’ debate in Flint, Michigan on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Democratic front-runner plays on senator’s poor debate performance in Rust Belt state

 Democratic presidential candidates  Bernie Sanders  and Hillary Clinton: Clinton has a commanding lead of 1,121 delegates to Sanders’s 479, including super-delegates. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA

Cruz and Sanders keep up chase of Trump and Clinton but still face lingering questions

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