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

Labour Minister Alan Kelly has defended Irish Water as “a necessity” for the country, as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil tussle over the future of water ch(...)

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

‘I won’t wear the hat,” says Tom McKiernan at a Donald Trump mega-rally in Albany, New York. Like Trump, McKiernan is a businessman. A former Wall St(...)

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

A former Irish National Liberation Army prisoner has received a reprieve from deportation from the United States following intensive lobbying by membe(...)

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 Barack Obama lunches with Queen Elizabeth on Friday at Windsor Castle and meets prime minister David Cameron, but the focus on his 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

“Today you proved there’s no place like home,” an ecstatic Hillary Clinton told supporters in a Manhattan hotel in her adopted home state after rompin(...)

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

Donald Trump won a landslide victory in New York’s Republican presidential primary regaining control of the party’s race, while Hillary Clinton stretc(...)

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

There are fears of job losses among Intel’s 5,000 Irish staff after the US computer chip maker said it would cut 12,000 jobs, or 11 per cent of its g(...)

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

Pastry chef Bill Yosses fed two US presidents, George W Bush and Barack Obama. He waits for a third, Bill Clinton, and, he hopes, a fourth, Hillary Cl(...)

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

Former US president Bill Clinton has advised Irish politicians to work together rather than stick to their positions in an effort to break the politic(...)

 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

The second-biggest prize in the Democratic presidential election – and the fourth-biggest in the Republican race – will be up for grabs when primary v(...)