Nicole Hudgens, of Texas Values, voices her opposition to same-sex marriage outside the US Supreme Court in Washingon. Photograph: John Boal/ EPA

Conservatives and liberals grapple with issues that will define US law

A handout  released by the Baltimore, Maryland Police Department on  May 1st 2015 shows Ceasar Goodson, Garrett Miller and Edward Nero and  William Portner, Brian Rice and Alicia White, the six Baltimore police officers that were charged in connection with the death in custody of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore state’s attorney said she was filing criminal charges against six police officers. EPA

Anger turns to jubilation on streets as city’s prosecutor files criminal charges

 A protester is arrested during a march in  Manhattan, New York,    held to support protests against police brutality following the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photograph: Gary He/EPA

Police deliver report to attorney on Freddie Gray’s death that led to Monday’s riots

Potential Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  at Columbia University in New York. Ms Clinton has  voiced her support for immigration reform in the US during a fundraising function. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Potential Democratic presidential nominee tells donors of need to help families

Former Goldman Sachs banker Jason Lee arrives  at Suffolk County Court with his wife Alicia on Wednesday afternoon for the  verdict in his trial for rape. He was found not guilty.  Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-banker acquitted of three charges - first degree rape, sexual misconduct and assault

Maryland state troopers stand guard as residents clean up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Death of 25-year-old in police custody sparks angry reaction in the city

Jason Lee and his wife on their way into the Riverhead Criminal Court House for his trial. Photograph Victor Alcorn

Court hears Jason Lee called Goldman Sachs from his car after alleged attack

Possible presidential candidate Martin O’Malley: the presidency is “not some crown to be passed between two families”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A likely 2016 runner, former Maryland governor has queried Clinton’s liberal bona fides

Former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland Martin O Malley, who is speaking at a number of engagements in Ireland today and tomorrow. Photograph: David Sleator

Ahead of visit to Dublin, Democrat Martin O’Malley thinks referendum will be passed

Minister urges UN conference to establish measures to dismantle nuclear weapons

Hillary  Clinton speaks at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit in New York on  April 23. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

‘Most anticipated and feared’ book of the presidential cycle, published by a Murdoch subsidiary, alleges that US policy decisions (...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘No more secret deals. No more special deals for multinational corporations.’ Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Proposed trade deal divides Democrats and fires up party’s 2016 race for White House

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Human rights group Reprieve says drone strikes kill vastly more people than targets

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Jason Lee trial: ‘Missing witness charge’ request denied in Irish J-1 student case

A sketch of assistant US attorney Nadine Pellegrini speaking during the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who isseen gesturing in a photograph. Photograph: Jane Collins/Reuters

Jury urged to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death over killings at 2013 marathon

Hillary Clinton meets and greets supporters after a discussion at Whitney Brothers in Keene, New Hampshire, on Monday. New Hampshire will be the first to hold a presidential primary. Photograph: The New York Times

Presidential hopeful visits factory in strategic New Hampshire locale in wake of declaration

Tatyana McFadden celebrates with Bill Richard, the father of Boston bombing victim Martin Richard, after McFadden won the women’s wheelchair marathon in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Life without parole for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could prevent years of appeal hearings

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to party between 1984 and 2000 included businessmen, clergy and unions

On Sunday night the 67-year-old posted a photo on social media website Twitter posing with a family of four, saying she had “loaded the van” and “met a great family when we stopped this afternoon”

Focus of campaign will be to engage voters and be the champion of everyday Americans

Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the US presidency in a video posted to hillaryclinton.com.   Photograph: Hillary For America via AP

Pledges to champion ‘everyday Americans’

Hillary Clinton: I’m getting ready to do something too . . . I’m running for president. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Former secretary of state uses social media to reveal second-time-lucky tilt for presidency

Former first lady Hillary Clinton is viewed as the Democrats’ best bet of retaining the White House. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Former secretary of state to use social media to unveil second bid to win the White House

California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state’s first mandatory water cuts on April 1st, the day when the annual measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is critical to the state’s water supply, had nothing to measure. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

Experts say farming must change to save the Golden State’s precious groundwater supply

Badge of honour: Hillary Clinton’s supporters are hoping she’ll become the first woman president of the United States. Photograph: Daniel Acker/New York Times

With no rival of Barack Obama’s calibre this time, the former first lady appears a shoo-in to win the Democratic presidential no(...)

Kieran McGill’s chain of 16 Irish pubs in the US employs: almost 700 people and has an annual turnover of $40 million

Kieran McGill owns 16 Irish pubs in the US but holds keys to none of them

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee with his wife Alicia at Suffolk County Court on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Eltman

Former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Lee is accused of raping an Irish student

Former New York City investment banker Jason Lee walks with his wife Alicia into Suffolk County Court in Riverhead, New York, on Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Eltman/AP.

Prosecution opens case in New York against former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Lee

Rand Paul greets supporters after speaking at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday. Photograph: William DeShazer/New York Times

Libertarian senator casts himself as political outsider to defeat ‘Washington machine’

In this courtroom sketch, Assistant US Attorney Al Chakravarty is shown pointing to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during closing arguments in Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. Photograph: Jane Flavell Collins/AP Photo

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wanted to punish US for killing Muslims, says prosecutor

Gerry Adams: ‘To be honest, I was sick, sore and tired of a tsunami of stories based upon these tapes linking me to Mrs McConville’s death. So I contacted the police and said, “Look, you want to talk to me, I’m here to talk”.’

SF leader tells ‘60 Minutes’ he never pulled a trigger, set a bomb or ordered a death

Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late US senator Edward Kennedy,  and Patrick Kennedy, his son, with (from left) vice president Joe Biden, Senator Ed Markey and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, for dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Both Republicans and Democrats were at the dedication of the Edward M Kennedy Institute

Hillary Clinton:  responded positively but cautiously to the framework deal.  Describing the tentative agreement as “an important step” in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, she said: “The devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation. The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Likely presidential contenders warn about leaving Tehran with nuclear capabilities

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

State legislators propose new language to anti-gay law in response to national uproar

Moving towards agreement at the talks in Lausanne, Switzerland: (from left) Chinese ambassador to the UN Wu Hailong, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarifat, Russian deputy political director Alexey Karpov, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters/Pool

Obama hails framework to stop Tehran making weapon ‘historic understanding’

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

Social values on 2016 campaign agenda as liberals and conservatives clash in Indiana

The burial of Irish US marine Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia yesterday. Flynn, from Clane, Co Kildare, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed last month in Navarre, Florida. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

Kildare man Liam Flynn, a US special forces marine, is buried at Arlington cemetery

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Senator’s contribution to Northern Ireland noted at dedication of institute in his name

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa aged 18, who is in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Responding to family’s criticism, Minister acknowledges their ‘deep personal trauma’

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs is the only foreign dignitary to speak at opening events

US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Firebrand Texas senator and Tea Party activist first to declare in White House race

Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Analysis: Obama’s counterterrorism strategy questioned as regional tensions rise

Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Wednesday. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in the bombing close to the presidential palace. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Obama slows down troop withdrawal from Afghanistan at request of Kabul government

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

Analysis: Personal pique and testy relations with Netanyahu overshadow foreign policy position

Enda Kenny and  Barack Obama at the Oval Office on the St Patrick’s Day visit: Kenny raised the issue of the illegal Irish estimated by the Government to number about 50,000. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Government contacted US about situation and how ‘undocumented’ may be able to visit home

A 1915 bottle in the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the Atlanta headquarters the archives chart the history of the Coca-Cola bottle and the brand

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels yesterday: ‘If the [European] Commission comes forward with a new set of proposals we will engage with that constructively.’ Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

State prepared to engage constructively with European Commission, says Taoiseach

Congressman Brendan Boyle, a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on Capitol Hill, described Anne Cadwallader’s evidence of collusion as “overwhelming”.

Author Anne Cadwallader testifies before congressional panel on ‘Glennane’ killings

Gerry Adams: Described the State Department’s postponement of a meeting with a senior US diplomat as “bizarre”. Photograph: The Irish Times

SF leader’s meeting with deputy secretary of state sidelined due to welfare reform talks

Tánaiste Joan Burton said people need to get their lives back, be able to get back into business again, back into employment again, deal with the debt. Photograph: Eric Luke

On US visit, Tánaiste urges financial institutions to stop ‘extending and pretending’

Stephanie Roche is about to start training with her new team Houston Dash in Texas. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Wonder goal scorer and Ireland international shakes hands with President Obama at St Patrick’s Day party

Speaker of the House John Boehner, US president Barack Obama and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny after they attended the St Patrick’s Day lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Kenny in Washington: Contentious US immigration reform ‘somewhat intractable’

Enda Kenny: “There’s an issue about the waiver scheme and the way it applies.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Kenny floats idea of visa waivers to remedy travel difficulties for US-based illegal Irish

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm: argued he should be given more time because he has hired a new lawyer. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief asks court for extension as he appeals debt write-off ruling

US president Barack Obama: Stormont House Agreement offered “great hope for resolution of some long-standing challenges there”. Photograph:  EPA/Dennis Brack/Pool

US president Barack Obama: ‘Still more work to do’ on bringing political stability NI

Enda Kenny and Barack Obama meet  ahead of a  St Patrick’s Day lunch. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach praises US president Barack Obama for his ‘decisiveness’ on the issue

Vice president Joe Biden welcomes Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Naval Observatory on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden hosted a breakfast for the Irish Prime Minister in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty

Vice-president says ‘genius’ required to ‘lock down’ Stormont Agreement

Stephanie Roche is ready to adjust to the heat of Texas as she settles in to her new life with the Houston Dash. Photograph: Inpho

Puskas award runner-up has St Patrick’s Day date at White House with Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton after being inducted into the 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her role and commitment to the Irish peace process. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

She praised NI women for being ‘unstoppable leaders’ who helped demand ‘end of violence’

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the US government of behaving bizarrely after a meeting with a senior official in Washington DC was postponed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader earlier reportedly accused US government of ‘bizarre’ behaviour

“I believe Maíria Cahill. I believe Mr McGahon. I believe there are questions to be answered and Sinn Féin are in a position to answer those and Gerry Adams in particular is,” the Taoiseach said.

Adams criticises Taoiseach’s remarks over SF leader’s handling of abuse allegations

Martin Callinan: Claimed he was forced out of his job as Garda commissioner after being visited by the secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No interim report from inquiry into departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner

Taoiseach Enda Kenny met former wrestler Hulk Hogan at the airport in Atlanta

After Enda Kenny’s airport encounter with Hulk Hogan, it was business as usual at tech event South by Southwest in Texas

Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson praises 12.5% tax rate

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to Paul O’Connell ahead of the Irish captain winning his 100th cap against Wales on Saturday. Above O’Connell is seen speaking  to England players following Ireland’s recent victory over them in the RBS Six Nations match  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Kenny says Irish captain a ‘fearsome sight on the rugby pitch’ ahead of clash with Wales

US president Barack Obama receiving a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in 2012. The two men will meet again in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

America Letter: Full of green beer and Blarney scones, it’s time to check the leprechaun trap

Protesters demonstrate  across the road from  the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, on March 12th, the same day that two police officers were shot in the town. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Issues & Questions: Are racial tensions on the rise again in the US?

Speaking at a breakfast hosted by the Irish Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, Taoiseach Enda Kenny sold the recovery story to a group of business people from the city’s biggest businesses: UPS, Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola and Oldcastle, the US subsidiary of cement group CRH.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach works to strengthen Irish bonds with US southeast on trip to Atlanta

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has challenged Gerry Adams to “present himself” to the Garda and tell them what he knows about the cases of abuse victims Paudie McGahon and Maíria Cahill.  Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

Taoiseach urges Sinn Féin president to tell the Garda what he knows about allegations

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Taoiseach tells US audience that country has left excesses of Celtic Tiger behind

Hillary Clinton: Some say her use of a personal email account while secretary of state will most likely be forgotten long before the 2016 election. Photograph: The New York Times

Revelations about her use of private emails for official business is bad timing for Clinton

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams were among the party members at the January meeting with American businessmen.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

US perception of party as anti-business on the agenda at fact-finding meeting

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking to supporters  on March 17th 2005 in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Leading Irish-Americans express unease at meeting with Adams, McDonald and others

A courtroom sketch shows accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  in court on the second day of his trial Photograph: Jane Flavell Collins/Reuters

Injured and bereaved talk about their experiences on the day of the bomb blast

Fianna Fail raised $116,500 when Bertie Ahern was leader and taoiseach but the party’s US fundraising efforts petered out thereafter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Party raised $1.28m compared with republican rival’s $12m in shorter time

List of 15,000 donations reveals fundraising unmatched by any other Irish party

 Gerry Adams speaks to Friends of Sinn Féin supporters during a breakfast on St Patrick’s Day, 2005. Photo:   Alex Wong/Getty Images

The businesses, unions and individuals contributing to Friends of Sinn Féin since 1994

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks to supporters  during a Friends of Sinn Féin breakfast in Washington on St Patrick’s Day 2005.

Where and how the money can be spent

 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams listens from his table as he is introduced at a fundraiser in New York in 1999. Seated next to Adams is businessman Pat Donaghy, a major donor.

The party’s US arm has over two decades built a formidable fundraising operation

Fionnula Flanagan: donated $3,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin Sheen, Fionnula Flanagan, Viggo Mortensen and Anjelica Huston included on list of donors

James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Profile: Sinn Féin’s top man in the US – James Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin president

 New York: $6.3 million was raised from the state over the past 20 years. Photograph: Gary Hershorn/EPA

New York accounts for a large part of the donations raised for Sinn Féin over the past two decades

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:  Charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in an attack on the April 15th, 2013, Boston Marathon along with his brother Tamerlan, who was later killed during a shootout with police. Photograph: EPA

‘He lost so much blood that he had virtually none left by the time he was brought to the morgue’

Undated file image released by the FBI of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Defence seeks to shift blame for attack and killing of police officer to older Tsarnaev brother

 A file photo released in  April 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial of Mr Tsarnaev beings on Wednesday.

Long-awaited case of alleged bomber opens on Wednesday, reports Simon Carswell in Boston

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Characterised a deal with Tehran as the antithesis to a farewell to arms. It would, he told Congress, “be a farewell to arms control”. Photograph: Bloomberg

Address to joint session of Congress further strains relations between two countries

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: his  acceptance of an invitation to address Congress from Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner was a direct snub to US  president Barack Obama given that it circumvented traditional diplomatic protocol through the White House. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

Israeli’s speech has raised tensions between Democrats and Republicans over Iran deal

  Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: US-led talks posed a “grave threat, not only to Israel but also to the peace of the entire world”. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

Nothing new proposed by the Israeli prime minister in his speech, says Obama

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference yesterday. Mr Netanyahu is to address  Congress today. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 40 Democrats boycotting Binyamin Netanyahu speech at US Capitol

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker   speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Thursday. Walker’s  bitter fight against trade unions has cast him on to the national stage. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

Conservative firebrand flaunts credentials as conviction politician despite angry protests

Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

UKIP chief tells Republicans to appeal to moderates

DC law permits adults over the age of 21 to posses up to two ounces, 56 grams, of marijuana. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

US capital is first place on east coast to make recreational marijuana lawful

Don Keough was among the first recipients of an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award honouring members of the Irish diaspora

Former Coca-Cola president well known for his passion for Ireland and philanthropy

Billionaire John C Malone, the biggest landowner in the US has now set his sites on creating an Irish property portfolio. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The ‘Cable Cowboy’ is America’s biggest landowner. Now he’s snapping up property this side of the Atlantic

A woman is reflected in the snow-covered sculpture “Cloud Gate” as she walks through Millennium Park during blizzard conditions in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

The snow keeps getting deeper and the cold keeps getting colder

Maureen McDonnell will follow her husband Robert McDonnell into prison after being sentenced to a year and a day for political corruption

Maureen McDonnell convicted of corruption for taking gifts and loans from businessman

New York immigrant families gather in Manhattan to reject a court order freezing President Barack Obama’s immigration reforms. Photograph: Mariano Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

Move would allow government to proceed with executive order to protect immigrants

Gayle Killilea-Dunne, the wife of insolvent property developer Sean Dunne, has sought to block a legal action taken by his US bankruptcy official to recover millions of euro in assets he transferred to her. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Gayle Killilea-Dunne fights US challenge to husband’s assets transferred to her

Home comforts: Polly McCourt and Ila

A Dublin father and his expectant wife thought they were prepared for their third delivery – until Polly McCourt’s waters broke (...)

In a damning court ruling last month Mr Drumm was found to have systematically transferred assets, property and cash to his wife Lorraine (left) to hinder, delay and defraud his creditors. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ex-Anglo chief moves to fight any extradition attempt and also direct bankruptcy appeal

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