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

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

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

The Government is treating the case of imprisoned Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt as a priority legally, diplomatically and politically, the Mi(...)

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 Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan addresses the Green Party conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

In 2011, the two parties that had been in coalition for the previous three and a half years took a huge hiding. It was a disaster for Fianna Fáil. But(...)

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

US president Barack Obama, in selling his military strategy to beat Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in September to the American public, held(...)

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s standing as a global financial hub enjoyed something of a bounce in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The city jumped 18 pla(...)

More RTE viewers watched the end of England’s game than the Ireland game. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

More people watched the nerve-shredding denouement to England’s victory over France at Twickenham than Ireland’s victory against Scotland in last week(...)

‘Here in the US, during the 1976 bicentenary of the American revolution, there was much focus on the theme of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as it had evolved since the 18th century.’ Above, the American Declaration of Independence adopted  in Philadelphia (with the future first President of the United States of America, George Washington present). Original Artwork: Engraving after a painting by John Trumbull. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

I’m in Boston this week, speaking about the Irish War of Independence and its legacy. As with other parts of Irish-America, there is much interest her(...)

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

Tanáiste Joan Burton has urged the banks to stop “extending and pretending” and agree realistic deals with struggling mortgage borrowers that allows t(...)

American authorities have sought the extradition of Patrick Lee to prosecute him for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, six counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

The High Court has ordered the surrender of a Co Kildare man wanted by US authorities to face fraud, money-laundering and identity-theft charges.Patri(...)