Mary-Lou McCarthy and Marie Ruane. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Bees! The Ark ***   Mel is a honeybee without a hive. Luke is a Bumblebee with bombast aplenty. Marsha is a solitary bee with(...)

Google launched the 2016 edition of its Doodle 4 Google competition on Monday, which is to focus on themes such as Our Home, Our Story, Our Identity and Our Journey as the nation prepares to reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Google

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Under Hillary Clinton’s plan, the $250 monthly cap would limit what insurance companies could ask patients to pay for drugs that treat patients with chronic or serious medical conditions. Photograph: CBS News/Reuters

US Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday will propose a $250 (€225) monthly cap on prescription drugs to stop what she calls “exc(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

The plan was to smash a few records and then run in the Olympics. There is no sure-fire path to any sporting glory, only the tried and trusted. And wh(...)

“A lethargic, insubstantial image of Jeb Bush that is at odds with the perky red ‘Jeb!’ campaign logo”. Photograph: Reuters/Jay Westcott

Pity Poppy. When I went down to Houston a few years ago to eat pizza with the former president, he was his usual gracious self, speaking fondly about (...)

Hillary Clinton: “You can get lip service from as many white people you can pack into Yankee Stadium and a million more like it who are going to say: ‘We get it, we get it. We are going to be nicer.’ That’s not enough, at least in my book.” Photograph: Getty

The video is visceral and raw: Hillary Rodham Clinton – the presidential candidate so often faulted for insulating herself from voters and critics ali(...)

Retired Marine Michael Hendon pays respect at a memorial  in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted a close friend a link to an Islamic verse that include(...)

 President Barack Obama: stressed that there was no alternative to the deal. Photograph: Getty Images

The tough negotiations leading to a nuclear deal with Iran may have concluded in Vienna, but the hard work on selling the agreement to sceptical Repub(...)

Kauai is balmy year-round, with a constant light breeze that means it never feels unbearably hot

As our flight took off from San Francisco International Airport and headed west over the Pacific, leaving the great landmass that is North America (...)

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known living person, gets a hug from a family member during her 116th birthday celebration last month. She passed away on Wednesday. Photograph:  Rena Laverty/EPA.

Jeralean Talley, the world’s oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday, a family spokeswoman has said. Born on May 2(...)