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.

American Letter: Records at company’s Atlanta HQ chart history of bottle and 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

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush takes a selfie with a guest at a luncheon hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on February 18th in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former governor seeks to distance himself from his brother’s unpopular foreign policies

An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

UK only country to have bought armed unmanned aircraft from US but restrictions to be lifted

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Progress is possible on less contentious issues, says Irish commissioner

US president Barack Obama meets  a group of “dreamers” – immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.A federal judge in Texas has blocked Mr Obama’s plans to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation,   claiming  the president is exceeding his legal authority.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Irish immigration activist calls ruling ‘a setback’ but sees it being overturned on appeal

Bryan Stevenson, who founded and runs the Equal Justice Initiative, outside the former courthouse where the 1910 lynching of Allen Brooks, a black man, began in Dallas. Photograph: Brandon Thibodeaux/New York Times

Report shows one-fifth more mob killings of blacks in South than previously thought

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey: spoke candidly about race relations and the “disconnect” between black communities and US law enforcement. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US law enforcer says police must resist ‘lazy shortcuts of cynicism’ towards racial bias

Suzanne Barakat speaks about her brother, shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat, during a press conference at Swift Creek community centre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Shootings ‘hate crime’, not due to parking dispute, say murdered students’ relatives

Frank Dwyer is the owner of several pubs in New York, including Jack Demsey’s, McHale’s, Playwright Tavern, Legends, McGee’s, Connolly’s and Hurley’s Saloon.

Frank Dwyer among dozens arrested after two-year investigation into city workers

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president rules out long ground war in request for limited action against extremists

NB Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months after he falsely claimed that he was in a helicopter that was hit by rocket fire in Iraq in 2003. Photograph: Reuters

Brian Williams taken off air for six months over ‘inexcusable’ claims of being shot at in Iraq

President Barack Obama: will next week expand the deferred deportation programme for immigrants brought illegally to the US as children

Rollout of Obama’s actions start next week to protect illegals migrants from deportation

Simon Coveney: suggested Ireland should get similar treatment to Greece in terms of debt concessions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Euro-zone finance ministers reject Republic’s appeal for further debt concessions

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney launching Irish beef in New York: “It is a good start today.”

ABP becomes first Irish producer to export to US in 17 years as ban is lifted

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

Deputy expects to be expelled from party for backing Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney pictured in New York today launching Irish beef. Photograph: Bord Bia

‘Pasture-raised ribeye of Irish beef tartare on gougère’ to celebrate reopening of US market

Founder Larry Goodman has been ABP’s executive chairman since 2008.

Louth-based processor has agreed to supply US giant Sysco in deal worth up to €15m a year

 Illinois  Republican congressman Aaron Schock: all-red office based on room in ‘Downton Abbey’. Photograph: Kris Connor/Getty Images

America Letter: Republican’s office makeover raises eyebrows in $4tn budget week

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said the US must “walk and chew gum at the same time” in dealing with immediate crises and long-term threats. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Two-year plan’s priorities include avoiding getting stuck in large military operations

With the help of readers, ‘The Irish Times’ is on the hunt for the best Irish pub outside Ireland. Which would you nominate, and w(...)

Jeb Bush at the Detroit Economic Club: ‘Americans across the country are frustrated. They see only a small portion of the population riding the economy’s up escalator.’ Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Prospective Republican presidential candidate criticises US income inequality

Amy Pascal: departure as co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment  comes in fallout from last year’s cyber attack. Photograph: Jamie Rector/The New York Times

Four-year production deal at studio for departing executive

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin: he surged ahead last weekend in an opinion poll in Iowa, a year before parties there nominate their candidates. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Scott Walker raises profile by leading likely Republican candidates in key state of Iowa

Ashton Carter, US president Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defence, during a Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of defence backs the arming of Ukraine

Garda Brian Hanrahan: Married father of one has been released from hospital

Brothers charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery

US president Barack Obama: he promised a year ago he would end the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records and replace it with another means of allowing counter-terrorism investigators to access data

US intelligence will be unable to hold foreign customer data indefinitely under new rules

U.S. President Barack Obama. His proposals face little chance of passing the Republican-led Congress.

Obama administration unveils proposals to tax past profits parked overseas

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

Court to rule on same-sex unions by June after split emerges among lower court judges

US president Barack Obama wants to introduce a minimum tax of 19 per cent on future overseas earnings of American companies and a mandatory 14 per cent tax on profits accumulated by the firms outside the US in low-tax countries such as Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Proposed taxes would have major implications for US multinationals in Ireland

Activists protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch last June in New York City. The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Romney swerves contest as billionaire brothers commit nearly $900m to election

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), a Lebanese national suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers  in 1980, has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mahmoud Bazzi (71) sent home after admitting he entered country with a false passport

 Mitt Romney and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (L) pose for a photograph together. Mr Romney has said he will not contest the 2016 presidential campaign. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters/Files.

Jeb Bush, brother and son of ex-presidents, to benefit most in the Republican race

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm:   his lawyers say a period of two weeks to prepare his opening brief was “insufficient” and that he should have been given 30 days to file

Former Anglo chief says February 9th too soon given ‘complex’ issues

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel speaking after the vote. Photograph: Bloomberg

Bill backed by nine Democrats sets up first veto clash between Obama and Republicans

Brian Hanrahan from Co Tipperary, but based in Co Limerick, was shot twice and robbed on a visit to New Orleans.

Video released of two males police believe were involved in armed robbery

Loretta Lynch listens to a question during her confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Prosecutor picked to be attorney general grilled over president’s executive actions

Judge Sarah Netburn listens to defence attorney Sabrina Shroff as Yevgeny “Zhenya” Buryakov sits in court in New York on Monday.  Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters

US claims agents caught expressing frustration at failure to recruit New York women

Eamon Devoy, the general secretary  of the TEEU  who signed the agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, said that it was important for workers to be retrained to meet the demands of new technologies. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Tie-up between TEEU and American group will lead to new training for Irish workers

A polar bear keeps close to her young along the Beaufort Sea coast in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. US president Barack Obama’s proposal would be the largest designation of wilderness since the Wilderness Act in the 1960. Photograph: Susanne Miller/Reuters

Republicans react angrily to proposal to keep Arctic wildlife lands off limits to exploration

 Tourists walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the storm.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly/EPA

More than 5,000 flights cancelled as meteorologists forecast over two feet of snow

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Clint Eastwood’s movie about deadliest US sniper in Iraq has stirred an angry debate

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