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 drink flowed as diners chewed on filet mignon and enjoyed a rousing political speech in between traditional Irish songs performed by a band in on(...)

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.

An Irish trade union has signed a historic agreement with one of America’s largest unions that will lead to training for Irish workers in additional s(...)

Members of the group Casa In Action demonstrate for immigration reform in Washington, DC, last  month. A recent survey by the Brookings Institution indicates that more than 60 per cent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants should be granted a path to citizenship through immigration reform. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

US senators negotiating a bipartisan accord on US immigration policy expressed optimism yesterday that a plan will be ready for senate consider(...)